Ribchester endurance runner Dave Moretta has set his sights on his most extreme challenge to date, aiming to run the most miles ever non stop by an individual.
Former soldier Dave, who aims to smash the world record currently held by American Dean Karnazes who ran 350 miles non stop, said: “This is going to be the biggest running event in the world, absolutely massive. I don’t do anything by halves.”
Twenty-eight-year-old Dave estimates he will have to run non-stop for four days and four nights to break the record.
“It is going to be extremely tough, but I am going to give it the best shot I can. It is the hardest thing I will have done to date,” said Dave, who will undertake the epic challenge in Iceland in July, where there will not only be 21 hours of daylight, but also some stunning scenery to encourage him along the way.
Dave’s longest non stop run to date is 200 miles completed during training and he says he has been thinking about this latest challenge for several weeks after someone asked if he was interested.
“If I don’t succeed I will have put every bit of energy I have into doing it and I will have done a lot of mileage,” said Dave.
Dean Karnazes completed 350 miles non-stop in 80 hours and 44 minutes, averaging 13 minutes per mile in Northern California in 2005, but Dave says he is a slower runner and it will take him longer.
But before July, Dave not only needs to undertake gruelling training – which includes running through the night with his coach Garry Wilkinson from Billington – but also has to raise a huge amount of money to get himself and his eight-man safety team to Iceland.
“I need to raise £10,000 just to get over there and cover costs. I am hoping to contact local and national businesses to see if they can support me to bring the record back to Britain,” said Dave, who is also hoping to get the TV channel Discovery involved.
Dave is no stranger to extreme challenges. He hit the headlines in 2013 when he ran 18 marathons in 18 days for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, also running in tribute to the 18 servicemen from Lancashire who had lost their lives in recent conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Then last year he completed 365 miles from Preston to the Menin Gate at Ypres in five days to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. 365 miles from Preston to Ypres, completing up to 74 miles a day over five consecutive days
Dave is also no stranger to charity fundraising, breaking records and running ultra marathons and currently holds two British records, one world record and became the first person to run to the Menin Gate from a foreign country.
When he is not running, Dave works part time in a specialist running shop in Chorley and if you ever wonder what inspires him on to achieve the previously unachievable, he says his insatiable thirst for the extreme was diagnosed after he returned from Belgium last August after the Preston to Ypres run.
He said: “I have a low level of serotonin, the chemical your body naturally produces when doing physical activity. I have to do more extreme things to get a kick. When I ran to Belgium as soon as I had completed it, it was as if nothing had happened. I didn’t want to celebrate and I wanted to move on to the next challenge.”
After a couple of weeks on medication which, Dave says, left him with no fire in his belly and unable to get out of bed at his usual time of 4.30am to train, the pills were ditched and he has decided to carry on the way he is.
He added: “There are a lot of records to be broken in the future and I would rather carry on what I am doing. It makes me happy.”