A BARNSLEY man will start his herculean 863-mile run on Sunday to raise money for the town's hospice.

Dad-of-two Gavin Felton, 44, from Monk Bretton, will run from Land's End to John O'Groats and is chasing the Guinness World Record time of nine days, two hours and 21 minutes when he sets off.

Gavin, who is used to intense training from his 23-year stint in the army, chose to run and raise funds for Barnsley Hospice as family members have been treated there.

"Barnsley Hospice is very close to my heart," he said. "It amazes me that hospices remain charities and rely so heavily on people raising money because of all the good work they do."

Running long distances is not a new thing for Gavin, who is a marathon veteran having completed 48 26-mile events.

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