A determined Fylde fund-raiser is to tackle a seafront road race – dressed as a Spartan warrior.
Craig Shannon from St Annes aims to conquer the challenge of the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k on Sunday and raise as much cash as he can for Trinity Hospice.
He is running in memory of his mum Elizabeth, who died from cancer four years ago.
The 39-year-old self-employed IT consultant, who lives in Alexandria Drive, is a big fan of classical history and takes part in battle re-enactments all over the country.
He has already conquered his own self-imposed fitness drive, shedding some six stones in three years, and decided he would combine his two key interests - history and fitness – in a bid to boost the Hospice coffers.
“My mum was about to go into Trinity when she died and it does wonderful work – I hope I can raise plenty of cash for a great cause,” he said.
“A few years ago, I decided to lose some weight and now I really enjoy keeping fit, taking part in regular boot camps at the YMCA in St Annes and I thought it would be a good time to have another go at the 10k.
“I did it about 15 years ago but had a hip injury and did a poorer time than I had hoped of around 50 minutes.
“This time, with all the Spartan gear on, I will be happy to finish in less than an hour, but the important thing is how much money I raise.”
Cheered on by his partner Louise and fellow member of the YMCA, Craig aims to look every inch the Spartan warrior, from his helmet and sandals to carrying a 36-inch shield and a seven-inch spear.
But, while still hardly the ideal running gear, the warrior garb will be nothing like as heavy as it looks, as Craig has sourced the items from the specialist suppliers who regularly look after the needs of the re-enactment societies as well as the film industry.
“It will still be very cumbersome, but I am just aiming for er best time I can,” said Craig.
More details and the chance to sponsor Craig at www.justgiving.com/CraigShannon