Linton Granta footballer taking on his biggest running test yet, the South Downs Way 50, in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association
The loss of a friend of his dad’s has been the catalyst for a title-winning Linton Granta footballer to take on a gruelling ultra-marathon in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).
Already a keen runner, Dan De’Ath has completed two marathons to date – London in 2017 and Liverpool in 2018 – but this Saturday he will move up to a new level when he competes in the South Downs Way 50, which takes in the 50 miles between Worthing and Eastbourne.
He has played for Linton Granta for a number of seasons, including the 2011-12 campaign when they won the Kershaw Premier League and this season he has made 25 appearances.
Dan, 30, grew up in Balsham, where his parents still live, and when he learned about the 50-mile run through a fellow member of the Royston Runners and decided to take part, his dad Nigel – a former manager of Linton Granta – proposed the MNDA as the charity of choice.
Dan, who works as an accountant at Hardcastle Burton, in Royston, said: “My dad said ‘if you are doing this for charity can you do it for the Motor Neurone Disease Association’.
“He had a friend who passed away unfortunately from the disease not too long ago and I think he’s had a number of problems to do with his nerves through the years and he felt he might have a risk of getting the disease, but I hope not.”
Dan goes out on long runs each Sunday and recently got up to 32 miles as he trains for the event.
He said: “I’ve got a time I would like to do it in, but then that’s just adding pressure on me really. Ideally I would like to do it in under nine hours.
“When I take into account that the hills and cross country are more difficult than road running; I did a marathon in under three-and-a-half hours and they say to double your time and add one hour to it, so it would take me up to eight hours.
To donate to Dan go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/daniel-de-ath1