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Ex-Smoker takes on five marathon challenge in aid of WAA

A man from North Wales is taking on five marathons, including a run across Afghanistan, to raise lifesaving funds for two medical charities in Wales.

Gordon Hughes, 35, from Llanaelhaearn, took up hiking and running after he stopped smoking, in search of a new and healthy lifestyle.

Since he cut out cigarettes three years ago, Gordon has summited Snowdon over forty times, completed the Three Peaks Challenge, and has run over 50 races - including many full and half marathons, as well as ultra runs.

This year, Gordon has set himself an even bigger challenge and will be raising lifesaving donations for Wales Air Ambulance and Awyr Las.

Gordon said: “I really want to take part in the Afghanistan Marathon as I shall be using the publicity to raise money for Awyr Las and Wales Air Ambulance, who provide a vital rescue service around Wales.”

He will be running five marathons, firstly completing a double ultra run in Anglesey and then completing the Pen Llyn Ultra marathon. His challenge will culminate with a marathon across Afghanistan later in 2017.

Whilst running the races, Gordon will be collecting donations for the Welsh helicopter charity, and Awyr Las, a charity which provides support for NHS services in North Wales.

The ex-smoker will be covering hundreds of miles in his globe-trotting marathon challenge, running up support and donations for the two charities.

Gordon decided to quit smoking 25 to 30 cigarettes a day, after seeing his friends and family suffer with the effects of smoking and wanted to improve his health.

To distract himself from the cravings, he began training for the Three Peaks Challenge, starting by walking a mile and then pushing himself further.

Since quitting his 16-year-long habit, Gordon is now tackling some of the most grueling fitness tests and raising funds to help the people of Wales.

The first part of his challenge, the Ring O’ Fire double ultra marathon, will take him on a mammoth 135 mile journey around the Isle of Anglesey, following the spectacular coastal path.

Then, Gordon will then tackle another iconic section of the Welsh coastal path, running 75 miles in the Pen Llyn ultra marathon. Later in 2017, the keen runner will take on his final race of his fundraising challenge, the Marathon of Afghanistan.


“Not only is he reaching his personal goals in health and fitness, but he is helping to keep the rest of Wales healthy and well.

“Whilst Gordon is pushing his fitness to the limits, the donations raised from his challenge will help people across Wales who are sick or are in desperate need of urgent medical care.

“He is demonstrating that we can all achieve amazing things if we put our minds to it - both running hundreds of miles and helping to save lives across Wales.”

You can sponsor Gordon on his challenge, here

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