A Haverhill author was spurred on to complete six fund-raising challenges when his mother suffered a heart attack last year.
Carl Mynott, a 39-year-old children’s author and illustrator from Haverhill, decided to test himself with what he’s dubbed his ‘mid life crisis challenges’, four running and two hiking events in less than nine months.
Mr Mynott hopes to raise money for Heart Research UK and other charities to help work towards the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.
He decided to take on the challenges after his mum, Phyllis, 69, suffered a heart attack just before the turn of the new year.
He said: “I’d like to help fund the kind of work that is done by Heart Research UK to improve the chances of recovery for people like my parents.
“I tried running a few times as I like to stay reasonably active but I’ve never got on with it,” he said. “These are very early days but I’m up to seven miles now which is just ahead of my target distance for February”
The first of Carl’s challenges is a ‘tame’ 10k race in Haverhill in April.
From May through to September, his runs will get gradually tougher as he takes on The Great Outdoors Challenge, a 175 mile, two week hike across the Scottish highlands, The Great Barrow Challenge Half Marathon, The National Three Peaks Challenge and The Farnham Pilgrim Marathon.
Carl’s tough year will culminate in the “Stour Valley Ultra Marathon, a 31+ mile run he has devised for himself taking him over the paths, bridleways, tracks and lanes of Suffolk’s Stour Valley.
Carl has already raised over £450 and will be splitting the sponsorship between three charities, including national charity Heart Research UK.
Members of the public can donate to Carl’s page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CarlMynott