Dave plans marathon series in the sky and under the ground

Dave Moretta
Dave Moretta
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He has broken two British records, one world record and became the first person to run to the Menin Gate from a foreign country.

He has broken two British records, one world record and became the first person to run to the Menin Gate from a foreign country.

And now Ribchester endurance runner Dave Moretta, 28 - who many will recall running 18 marathons in 18 days for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal - is planning his latest feat, to complete a series of marathons in obscure places, as well as aiming to break a further two world records.

Initially, father of two Dave, 28, wants to start his series of marathons by running one underground (in a cave), another in a building and is currently in talks with RAF Brize Norton to be the first person to run a marathon in an aeroplane (on a treadmill).

And that’s just the start, for Dave said: “There are more to come, but I need to pick them carefully, as I want them all to be different.”

He is also thinking about running one “in the chill factor” and each one will be of at least marathon length, maybe longer, depending where they are being held.

As always, former soldier Dave, who is now being sponsored by chef Nigel Haworth and his company Northcote Leisrure Group, will be aiming to raise awareness of and funds for a good cause and this time has chosen the Leyland based charity Miles of Smiles which raises funds for young carers, to give them gifts and days out.

If you ever wonder what drives Dave on to achieve the previously unachievable, he says his insatiable thirst for the extreme was diagnosed after he returned from Belgium last August after running 365 miles from Preston to Ypres, completing up to 74 miles a day over five consecutive days to mark the anniversary of the start of the First World War.

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 and it excites me.”

Dave will reveal his next two record attempts as soon as they are finalised.