Marathon man Mike puts his feet up at last

Mike Telfer 62mile run.
Mike Telfer 62mile run.

A HIPSBURN man ran the equivilant of more than two marathons in a single day to raise money for a cancer charity, in memory of a beloved family member who lost her battle with the disease.

Mike Telfer completed a gruelling 62-mile journey last month, running from Rothbury to Holy Island in under 13 hours.

The 40-year-old tackled the arduous charity challenge in honour of his sister-in-law Stephanie Pratt, who died last October from ovarian cancer, aged 45 , after a six-month fight with the illness.

He put his best foot forward for Macmillan Cancer Support, which gave tragic Stephanie, from Cambridgeshire, and her family a great deal of help during the last few months of her life.

His efforts have seen him raise more than £2,000 for the charity and he hopes to reach the £2,500 mark.

Alnwick Harrier Mike said: “It was a lot more enjoyable than I thought it was.

“It was a long way and I had never run that far before and it was quite a difficult course, but I had support from family and friends who pitched in, so it made for quite an enjoyable day.”

Family, friends and members of Alnwick Harriers and Northumberland Fell Runners ran sections with him to spur him on or provided food and drink at regular intervals.

Mike tackled the challenge on January 21.

The conditions were good on a cold, frosty day and Mike covered the 43 miles from Rothbury to Bamburgh in less than eight hours.

The final 19 miles to Holy Island were run in the dark over quite difficult terrain and the ebbing tide on the causeway.

Mike arrived at Lindisfarne Priory at just after 8.15pm, completing the run in just over twelve and three-quarter hours.

He managed to finish the challenge on the eve of his 40th birthday.

To sponsor Mike, visit his justgiving page at