Ben Davis has completed his remarkable mission to run the perimeter of Yorkshire in just 18 days. Completing his challenge on Saturday (18 August), the 31-year old encountered landslides, falling in a river and scaling the highest peak in Yorkshire as he ran the equivalent of a marathon a day.
Setting off at the start of August, Ben’s 490 mile journey, which included over 41,000 feet of ascent, saw him cover the Cleveland Way, Yorkshire Dales, Humber Bridge and Spurn Point before returning to his start point at South in in Scarborough.
Ben has been raising money for the charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), which is dedicated to preventing male suicide. His decision to take on the #RunningYorkshire challenge came suffering a period of poor mental health.
Speaking immediately after completing his mammoth journey, Ben said: “I can’t believe I’ve actually done it and I’m totally elated. This has been such an adventure, way more than I ever anticipated. I’ve got so many memories from the run that will stay with me forever. To say it was tough is an understatement and I can’t really put into words how my body’s feeling.
On the challenges he faced, Ben continued: “I underestimated the terrain in some places but I’m so thankful for all the amazing support I’ve received. The people that came out to join me on the route really helped keep me going and the amount of money I’ve been able to raise is just unbelievable. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone that’s done so and I really hope it’ll make a difference.”
Prior to starting off, Ben had hoped to raise £15,000. After his challenge captured the hearts of those in Yorkshire and beyond, he raised the target to £25,000 which he is very close to achieving. You can donate here.