Fireman Gareth Lockwood battled the elements and his protesting limbs to complete his epic Great North Run challenge.
The Huddersfield firefighter cycled more than 120 miles through the night to the Newcastle half-marathon, did the run in two-and-a-half hours and then jumped back on his bike and cycled home to Birdsedge.
Speaking yesterday morning he described the final 70 miles home to West Yorkshire as the “darkest moment of his life”.
His heroic efforts are set to raise more than £5,000 to be split between three charities: Kirkwood Hospice, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
He said: “I left at one minute past midnight on Sunday after a good turn out of supporters.
“I made good time through Wakefield and into Garforth but the roads were a little scary due to speeding traffic on the way to Wetherby, where we had the first stop.
“I arrived in Thirsk at 4am but then in Northallerton the roads were shut due to railway work.
“I asked the engineers if we could nip across as it was a big diversion and thankfully they let us through.
“It was bad weather towards Darlington, with wet and windy conditions and I then got a little disheartened near Newcastle as I thought I had six miles to do but in actual fact it was 16.
“I eventually rode over the Tyne Bridge into Newcastle arriving about 8am.
“I tried to sleep before doing the Great North Run but was too excited.
“The run was very hard as my legs felt really heavy but I had great support from my friend Dean Horn.
“I had to have a massage at 10 miles but finished in two hours 30 minutes.
“I felt sick at the thought of riding back but just broke it down into smaller sections and my support rider Phil Gardiner helped a great deal as it was very windy on the way back.
“The last 70 miles were the darkest moments of my life as everything hurt.
“With 40 miles to go I was joined by Darren Crank and Stuart Phoenix who helped me over the toughest part of the course and I had fantastic support all the way home from Wakefield.
“It was one amazing day which I will never ever repeat!
“A massive thanks to my wife Victoria and Danny Howarth for the support vehicle which proved to be vital.”
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