A super fit Clayton-le-Woods runner who completed a gruelling ultra-marathon in aid of a cause close to his heart already had his sights set on the next challenge.
Tony Marlow took part in the extreme 100-mile Les Grand Raid Des Pyrenees, with mountainous uphill climbs totalling 33,000ft.
It took the roadside technician 39 hours to complete and along the way he drank three gallons of water and burned off 25,000 calories.
Halfway round he almost lost his bottle, realising that he faced a lonely overnight run in difficult conditions, yet a strict ‘talking to’ from his wife Heather.
Tony was running the race to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society after his daughter Charlotte Miles, 22, was diagnosed with the condition two years ago.
He said: “Charlotte was diagnosed shortly before Christmas 2013 and came out of hospital on Christmas Eve.
“She is allergic to the medications used to combat symptoms of the illness and we can’t predict how it will affect her future, but by raising money for the charity perhaps we can help one day find a cure?
“Charlotte’s symptoms come and go and were actually masked completely when she was pregnant with our now four-month old grandson Harry, who we are all over the moon with.”
Tony’s wife and youngest daughter Niamh were ready to meet an exhausted and emotional Tony as he crossed the finish line during a spectacular thunderstorm, and he vowed never to put himself through such a gruelling experience again; yet minutes later he was talking of upping his game.
“I’ve looked at the 185-mile King Offa’s Dyke Race,” he said.
“It’s an event held along the 182-mile Offa’s Dyke footpath in September next year so I’d better start training.”
The winner of Les Grand Raid Des Pyrenees completed the race in 27 hours, and while 681 started only 210 finished.
Sarah Macadam, human resources manager at Colne-based John Macadam and Son, where Tony works, said: “All of the staff here are really proud of Tony.
“It was an extreme challenge yet one which he conquered for a good cause.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor Tony can still do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/Tony-Marlow2.