Runner tackling the entire UK coastline finishes Norfolk leg

Wayne Russell, here pictured in Heacham, is running around the British coast for charity. Picture: I

Wayne Russell, here pictured in Heacham, is running around the British coast for charity. Picture: Ian Burt

For a man running the length of the entire UK coastline, getting a good night's sleep at the end of each day is crucial. But this is not something that Wayne Russell is guaranteed as he is spending his nights staying at fire stations around the coast.

Wayne Russell is running the entire coastline of the UK. Pictured with Tim Edwards, West Norfolk's

Wayne Russell is running the entire coastline of the UK. Pictured with Tim Edwards, West Norfolk's Fire Service District Manager, at Sandringham. - Credit: Archant

It means he may be woken if the crew is called out.

However, the accommodation is still an improvement on what he endured when he set off on his 5,000-mile quest, as initially he spent his nights in a tent, or sleeping in bus shelters and church porches when it was raining.

It was while sleeping out in Cumbria that he was spotted by a fireman, who offered him a place to stay for a night. Since then, brigades around the country have got involved, allowing him to rest in their stations.

The IT worker arrived in East Anglia last Wednesday and is making his way round our coast on the final leg towards London.


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Tim Edwards, west Norfolk's fire service district manager, joined between King's Lynn and Dersingham - and they took a selfie outside the entrance of Sandringham House.

Mr Russell, 34, who is from Gloucester, was inspired to take on the challenge after his sister Carmel Webb lost her 10-year battle with a rare heart condition almost three years ago.

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She dedicated her life to charity work and Mr Russell is raising funds one of her favourite children's causes, the Superhero Foundation.

He set off from Greenwich last September and, since then, he admitted, there have been two occasions when he has considered quitting. Once along the Welsh coast after days of non-stop rain and also in the Scottish Highlands when he ran out of food and supplies.

'My body has really started to fall apart over the last two weeks,' he said. 'My left knee is giving up and my muscles feel tender when I touch them. But it does feel as though the end is now in sight. With Norfolk being so flat, that has made this stretch of the journey so much easier as well.'

Mr Russell is set to arrive in London on July 9.

Follow his adventures through his Facebook page or @mrwaynerussell on Twitter. Sponsor him here.

Are you taking on an adventurous challenge? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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