Health reasons of Ribchester runner force stoppage of ultimate marathon

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Ribchester ultra endurance runner Dave Moretta is said to be “absolutely gutted” after after his attempt to break the world record for running the most miles non stop was halted due to his medical condition today (Tuesday).

A spokesperson said: “For health reasons the decision was made by the team leader to stop the challenge.”

This happened around 5.45am, when former soldier Dave, 28 was just over 20 hours and 75 miles into his “ultimate ultra marathon,” attempting to run 354.7 miles contiuously from Inverness to Preston in a bid to smash the world record held by American Dean Karnazes who ran 350 miles non stop.

Dave and his safety team set off from Inverness yesterday (Monday) at 9.30am, but around 5.30am today Dave’s medical condition is said to have caused the team serious concerns, five miles past Dalmeny and the team leader made the decision to pull the challenge.

As the news filtered through, the convoy of vehicles was already heading back home.

The spokesperson said: “Dave is absolutely gutted, as you can imagine. He is OK, but he is going to be assessed. He is in the back of the van sleeping at the moment. We are making our way back.”

The run was expected to last four days and Dave was running it for a charity close to his heart and the one he picked for his 18 marathons in 18 days’ tribute to the 18 soldiers from Lancashire who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, The Royal British Legion.