1,000 10k runs in 1,000 days

A graduate has finished a charity challenge which saw him take on 10km (6.2 miles) runs for 1,000 consecutive days.

Scott Baker, who graduated BSc Sport and Exercise Development in 2014, was inspired to raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer after his mother was diagnosed with the illness three years ago.

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The 44-year-old Sunderland fan set off for the final run from his home town of Seaham, County Durham, and finished at the team's Stadium of Light.

He began the challenge on 1 December 2016 and has raised more than £5,000.

"It's good to get to the finish," the father of two said. "If I had done a marathon it would've been over in a day, and probably wouldn't have raised as much awareness.

"I've been overwhelmed by the generosity of people and the encouragement they've given.

"It's a little bit weird getting all the attention. I just like running. It's been a really good journey. I've enjoyed every minute."

He hopes further fundraising events will bring his total to £10,000. To sponsor Scott go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/scott-baker1000
He said he had never contemplated not finishing the challenge, and plans to celebrate his achievement with a further 10km run on Wednesday.

"Sun, rain, everything... I just put my trainers on and go for a run," he said.

"Sometimes it's been hard to fit in, especially when Sunderland have been playing at Wembley and I've been running at one o'clock in the morning.

"Sometimes I've done a run at 11 o'clock and then another one at midnight to fit it in for the next day, but I've never thought 'I don't want to do it'."


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