Mick’s book on marathon journey

Mick Midgley has written a book about when he did five marathons on five continents. (P513A331)
Mick Midgley has written a book about when he did five marathons on five continents. (P513A331)

A Featherstone man who has completed five marathons on five different continents has written a book about his experiences.

Former pit worker Mick Midgley, 55, completed marathons in New York, Bangkok, Auckland, Berlin and Marrakech between 2003 and January 2009.

His book, Sweet Dreams Are Made of This, tells of his marathon journey.

During his travels the dad-of-two has raised a total of nearly £6,000 for local charities, including the Prince of Wales Hospice and Dr Jackson Cancer Fund.

He also collected cash to put 40 Cambodian children through school.

Mr Midgley said: “I saw that explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes was running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days and I thought it would be a great achievement for me to do something similar.

“The first marathon I did was New York in 2003 and I think I just caught the bug. I love running, it’s like my drug.”

Mr Midgley then went on to complete four more marathons on four different continents to completed his challenge.

Mr Midgley said: “I love running so it’s fantastic that I’ve raised so much money for charity at the same time.

“I have always been an optimist and you have to take every opportunity that comes your way and live with no regrets.”

Half the proceeds from Mr Midgley’s book, which is available on Amazon Kindle, will be donated to Martin House Children’s Hospice.

For more information on the book visit www.facebook.com/midgesbook

Mr Midgley is also looking for a print publisher for the book. To contact him email mickymidgley@yahoo.com