Paul Smith has completed a very personal remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World war. Paul, well-known in the North East for his run streak which is in its 8th year, visited 100 War Memorials in a single run.
Paul's challenge saw him cover 67.31 miles and included stops for brief reflection at each of the memorials along the way. Highlights of the mammoth run were the welcoming party at Hartlepool's Fisherman's Arms, seeing day break at Murton and a surprise guest appearance by Paul's parents at the Sherburn Hil memorial.
A the end of his memorial ultra run Paul Smith recognised the support he had received from family and friends and the local communities he had passed through on the 100 War Memorials run: "I achieved what I set out to do and it took me a long time but this was about more than running a long way. This, the latest in a line of crazy fundraising challenges of mine, restored my faith in humanity. I was backed by family who worry during the events and also over the training period, and basically deserve medals for putting up with me. Friends, old and new, gave great support during my night/day/night effort and were totally priceless."
Paul has already raised £2,000 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and Help For Heroes.