Record-breaking ultra runners Rob Young and Adam Holland will hit Huddersfield tomorrow.
The pair are 18 days into the British leg of a global relay carrying a ‘torch for humanity’.
The peace torch was presented to Rob and Adam by Kenya’s elite runners Stanley Biwott and Mike Kigen who completed the Great North Run in Newcastle earlier this month, and the British runners are now well into a challenge of travelling through over 400 cities, towns and villages around the UK.
They will cover 1,900 miles and climb 75,000 feet in just 25 days.
Holland holds the world record for the fastest ten marathons in ten days. Young – nicknamed ‘Marathon Man UK’ – holds the world record for the most marathons in a year (370) and just weeks ago completed the longest ever run without sleep (over 373 miles).
The pair admit they are “mad” to take on the challenge of running across Great Britain in just over three weeks for charity.
The runners will be at Huddersfield Leisure Centre between 2.20pm to 2.40pm to meet staff and customers, and then at Huddersfield New College at 3.00pm to talk to students.
The torch relay forms the UK leg of the Champions Walk for Peace, which was launched in Kenya this July by some of the world’s finest runners – including Haile Gebrselassie, Wilson Kipsang, Tegla Loroupe and Ezekiel Kemboi – with a 500-mile walk across seven counties in the North Rift Valley.
It is to end on December 1 and the Walk aims to raise $250,000 to fund a peace-building programme that will be coordinated with local partners in Kenya by the British-based Aegis Trust to reach at least 10,000 young people at risk of being drawn into the rising wave of ethnic violence in the North Rift Valley.
Rob said: “We’re carrying this torch not only as individuals but it’s about uniting people.
“Our Kenyan brothers have done their leg; it’s about time that the UK do their leg, and then pass it on to the Americans to go around the world. If we can do that together we are going to create something life-changing to many thousands, if not millions of people.”