Father and son David and Richard Anderson will be tackling the 73 miles of the Kirklees Way to raise money for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice in Huddersfield – but in different ways.

Son Richard is an ultra runner and triathlete and he will run the 73 miles in one go on Saturday October 8. Meanwhile David will walk the challenge in two to three-hour sections with his dog Max but the plan is for them both to complete their respective challenges at the same time.  

David has lived and worked as a GP in Huddersfield for over 30 years. He is now retired and is a trustee at Forget Me Not.

Richard spent his childhood in Huddersfield before moving to Cumbria where he has lived for the last nine years. He has competed at an elite level as a triathlete and completed a number of the iconic endurance challenges in the Lake District.

On the upcoming challenge David said: “Walking the Kirklees Way is a great way to raise awareness for Forget Me Not and enjoy the very best bits of the district. It has been nice to walk through the areas I was so familiar with during my career as a GP and enjoy time outdoors with my dog Max, friends and family.”

Richard added: “I work in public finance and know that voluntary and not-for-profit organisations such as Forget Me Not are key to ensuring all families can access crucial care services when they need it most. My dad has shared more about the hospice since he became a trustee and I’m very motivated to help raise awareness and funds. 

“Over the last few years I have focused on completing a number of the iconic ultra-distance running routes in the Lake District. The Kirklees Way presents a less well known challenge in an area I know very well.

“I have a very long and challenging day ahead of me but the fantastic views and cause I am supporting will get me through it.”

If you would like to join Richard or David on the Kirklees Way, please email david.anderson1@ntlworld.com 

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