Marathon man Tom completes the hardest challenge of his life

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Prolific fundraiser Tom Hacker has completed an epic run across Northern England in memory of his mum.

The 26-year-old from Horbury has completed six marathons in six days to raise more than £37,000 for Macmillan Cancer Care.

He started the 165 mile coast-to-coast challenge in Liverpool on Monday, August 11 and finished at Spurn Point near Hull on Saturday, August 16.

Mr Hacker, who lost his mum, Susan, to cancer when he was 13, has already raised £30,000 for cancer charities by walking 1,000 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End in 28 days back in 2007, and in six days om 2011.

Mr Hacker, of Tyndale Close, said: I never thought I could raise so much money, so it’s quite overwhelming.

“Last week was the hardest week of my life.

“The running was great but the decision of some members of my support team to quit on day four created a whole new challenge.

“Luckily friends and family stepped in to make sure I had the support I needed and it was a huge success.”

He aimed to raise £20,000 for Macmillan, which would be used to help pay for a new nurse, but has almost doubled his target.

Mr Hacker added: “Crossing the sixth finish line, having spent nearly a year planning and training for my event was a fantastic feeling.

“I am now lucking forward to resuming normal life as my body recovers from running 165 miles in only six days.”

Hayley Cooke, Macmillan Cancer Support’s fundraising manager, said: “Tom continues to amaze us with his dedication and commitment.

“For the last 12 months he has put his life on hold to train for this challenge, he’s a hero and we can’t thank him enough.

“Tom set an ambitious fundraising target of £20,000 to fund a Macmillan nurse for four months. But currently he has raised enough to fund a Macmillan nurse for over eight months.

“If Tom raises another £13,000 he will fund a nurse for a whole year.”

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