Ilness forces Lancashire runner to end epic record attempt

'Absolutely gutted':  Ultra runner Dave Moretta has had to end his world record attempt through illness
'Absolutely gutted': Ultra runner Dave Moretta has had to end his world record attempt through illness
  • Dave Moretta was attempting run a total of 354.7 miles continuously from Inverness to Preston
  • He was forced to end his attempt less than a day into the challenge due to illness
  • Dave previously ran 18 marathons in 18 days in tribute to soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan

A Lancashire ultra runner is ‘absolutely gutted’ after illness forced him to abandon his epic world record attempt.

Dave Moretta was attempting to break the world record for running the most miles non stop but was forced to halt the attempt less than a day into his challenge due to a medical condition.

The 28-year-old Ribchester runner was 75 miles into the challenge to run a total of 354.7 miles continuously from Inverness to Preston. He was attempting to break American Dean Karnazes’ record of running 350 miles non stop.

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

Dave and his safety team set off from Inverness on Monday at 9.30am, but around 5.30am yesterday 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 yesterday, the convoy of vehicles was already heading back home.

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 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 the Royal British Legion.

He has previously run 18 marathons in 18 days in tribute to the 18 soldiers from Lancashire who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.