A man from Salford is going to run 10km everyday until 31st January to raise money for the Chester Zoo #SaveOurZoo campaign.
Brendan Rendall, 42, an SEN teacher, started the huge task of running almost 529 miles in fancy dress over 12 weeks yesterday (November 7).
He hopes to raise upwards of £15,000 for Chester Zoo, who are under threat of closure after the second national lockdown came into force on Thursday 5th November.
The zoo originally began the campaign in June after the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
North West Pride of Britain finalist Brendan has already raised £12,249 for the zoo through running 1,240 miles over in June and July.
Brendan will be running around Salford Quays and into Manchester throughout the challenge.
“Sometimes I will get up and run at 5am, sometimes I will run home from work.
“I work with children with special educational needs, so have very special memories visiting Chester Zoo.
“Their conservation programmes are invaluable,” said Brendan.
In 2016 Brendan ran the length of Malawi, covering 708 miles in 28 days.
He also ran 2,474 miles coast to coast in Africa over 98 in 2018.
“I had Covid at the start of October, which wiped me out for 14 days so I have to be sensible.
“In 2022 I am planning to run 5,500 miles across the coastline of the UK,” Brendan said.
To date he has raised £100,000 for charity in total.
You can donate to his campaign here.