A former school teacher from Lutterworth has found plenty to occupy him during his retirement after taking on a multiple marathon mission.
Neil Foster set himself the challenge of running 630 miles around the South West Coast Path to raise funds for deserving causes.
The feat equated to him running a total of 24 marathons or having to climb Everest four times.
Mr Foster has so far raised £5,000 for disability and paralympic sport at Ashmount School in Loughborough, Ellesmere College in Leicester and the Leicestershire and Rutland Inclusive Sports Association.
He began training a year ago and set off from Poole harbour in Dorset in May with an aim to finish the run in 31 days.
Although the first nine days went well, a sprained ankle meant a return home to Lutterworth for rest and physiotherapy.
He said: “After I was given the all clear to resume running it was difficult to get motivated again, but I had to finish the run, not just for myself but also because of the amazing support local people have shown me and wanting to support the good causes.”
He completed the challenge last month after 31, albeit interrupted, days.
Mr Foster said a big thank you to all his sponsors.
He retired recently after 26 years teaching in special educational needs in Leicestershire.
To find out more about his challenge, read Mr Foster’s blog here.
People can still sponsor him here.