CHESTERFIELD: Eric to take on challenge

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A fundraiser is set to take on a mammoth challenge to raise money for charity.

Cook Eric Keeler will set off on a 123-mile run from Chesterfield to Cheltenham at the end of the month.

The 25-year-old, of Chesterfield, is trying to raise as much money as possible for the “amazing” Spinal Research charity which helped one of his friends who hurt her back while snowboarding in Austria.

Eric, who works at the Smithy Pond pub in Wingerworth, said: “The doctors had to take two of her spinal disks out and fuse the vertebrae together.

“We thought it would be a major operation but it wasn’t. She is absolutely fine now.

“If it wasn’t for Spinal Research and the work they fund it could have been very complicated or even not possible,” he added.

Eric will embark on the six-day run on October 26.

Starting in Chesterfield, he will pass through cities including Derby and Birmingham before finishing in Cheltenham.

He said: “It’ll be the equivalent of five marathons in six days.

“I’m not crazy enough to attempt it all in one day,” he joked.

In April, Eric completed the London Marathon in six hours and 25 minutes – with no training.

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