I’m turning 60, so why not run 60 miles to celebrate?

Don Kent.
Don Kent.

A 60-year-old man took on more than a marathon challenge at the weekend when he ran 60 miles from Newcastle to the north Northumberland village where his family has holidayed every year for a century.

On Saturday, Don Kent, of Shotley Bridge in Durham, ran 60 miles from Grey’s Monument in Newcastle to The Ship Inn in Seahouses, in around 16 hours.

He set off from the Monument around 6am with the hope of arriving in the village in time for a pint before closing, which he did – just.

Don took on the run to raise money for Seahouses RNLI and to celebrate turning 60.

A keen runner, he has competed in the London, New York and Quebec marathons as well as completing the Great North Run on more than 10 occasions.

Prior to Saturday though, he had never attempted the full 60 miles, which he ran in six blocks of 10 miles, taking breaks at each stop.

“It was really at the edge of my capabilities,” he said. “I’m not an athlete, more of a fun runner and I wanted to prove to myself that someone normal could do it.

“I had a massive meltdown at Druridge Bay, I hit my wall and stopped for around 30 to 40 minutes, but after that I was fine.”

Don’s family is celebrating 100 years of family holidays in Seahouses, a landmark which they also marked this week.

His family were waiting at the finish line, to join him for a pint in the pub, which is where they always meet while on holiday.

And he will soon be running in north Northumberland again, as he takes on the Castles Marathon in October.

So far Don has raised more than £500 towards his target of £1,000 and he can be sponsored on his fund-raising page – uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DonaldKent