|All of the money that Mark raises during the challenge will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "He is a window cleaner by day and incredibly he was able to maintain his job during his training."|
Injury scuppers Penkridge marathon man Mark Vaz's Land's End to John O'Groats challenge: Intrepid marathon man Mark Vaz is rescheduling his latest gruelling challenge – to run from Lands End to John O Groats – after injury stopped him in his tracks. The Penkridge resident, who ran 90 marathons in 90 days last year, has now set his sights on the cross-country feat as well as upping his current marathon challenge from 400 in a year to 1,000 in 730 days.
Last month he racked up the most 26.2-mile runs ever completed by a single runner in a calendar year when he completed his 240th event on February 20. He has been backed by Microsoft Band, a fitness tool made by the global technology giant, and Penkridge Round Table.
He started his Lands End to John O'Groats challenge at 4am on Thursday, but following issues with his foot he took the decision to postpone it in the early hours of Friday. On his Facebook page Mr Vaz, 32, of Bridgewater Close, said he would be taking on the challenge again in May.
A Round Table spokesman said: "As well as being mentally and physical draining the attempt to run that many marathons has also proved to be a challenge logistically. On some days Mark would (run) two marathons in order to complete his challenge.
"Mark hopes to inspire people and show that you can achieve anything you want to. All of the money that Mark raises during the challenge will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "He is a window cleaner by day and incredibly he was able to maintain his job during his training." To sponsor Mr Vaz visit this page.
|Calvin Routledge out training: "My window cleaning business is based in Ambleside and I work three days a week on the windows in South Lakes."|
Ambleside window cleaner wins Army Orienteering championships - An Ambleside window cleaner has won the Army Individual Orienteering Championships held in Sherwood Forest. Calvin Routledge, 47, took the title from champion and Welsh International Major Richard Barrett by six minutes and stopped him winning the title for the fifth consecutive year.
The victory helped Calvin retain his ranking among the elite orienteers in the Army and added to his list of good-quality recent performances at the Inter Services/UK Armed Forces orienteering events and Corps and Army Cross-Country Championships
Calvin was born in Kendal and lived in Ambleside/Skelwith Bridge until he joined the Army at 16 after leaving the Lakes School. Prior to joining up he played football for Ambleside senior teams and ran for Ambleside. He served for about 23 years or so, including 10 years in the airborne brigade. When he left the Army he was a management accountant andWarrant Officer.
"I purchased part of our old window cleaner's round in Langdale/Grasmere/Hawkshead/Ambleside five years ago. It was rather a strange career move but I enjoyed the fresh air but maybe not the rain so much! "My business is based in Ambleside and I work three days a week on the windows in South Lakes. I also have a part time role as RSM of the CCF cadet unit at Lancaster Royal Grammar School. I currently live in Lancaster but seem to spend most of my time working, training or racing in the Lakes."
Business is based in Ambleside and work 3 days on the windows in South Lakes. I also have a part time role as RSM of the CCF cadet unit at Lancaster Royal Grammar School. Currently living in Lancaster but seem to spend most of my time working/training/racing in the Lakes."