‘It was a grim challenge, but enjoyable’

Shaun Richardson Grim Blackout Challenge
Shaun Richardson Grim Blackout Challenge

Methley runner Shaun Richardson – who has beaten leukaemia twice – has raised more than £700 for Macmillan in a tough night run.

Shaun, 25, was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was ten and again at 14, then also suffered from transverse myelitis – a neurological disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord – which left him paralysed for 16 weeks.

Now he has completed the Grim Blackout Challenge, a seven-mile run through a dark, cold andmuddy route, with only a head torch to light his way.

Shaun said: “If it wasn’t for charities like Macmillan Cancer Support, then there wouldn’t be people like me still here.”

The run took place in Aldershot on October 19, with Shaun raising £725 for Macmillan.

He added: “It was a grim challenge, at first I thought, ‘what have I let myself in for?’. But it was really enjoyable – although after running through puddles, your feet are about two stone heavier with all the clay stuck to them!”