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Perry runs around Norfolk coast

PUBLISHED: 06:29 09 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:45 07 July 2010

Perry Mann, who will run 105 miles along the Norfolk coastline this month. Photo: Bill Smith.

Perry Mann, who will run 105 miles along the Norfolk coastline this month. Photo: Bill Smith.

Emma Knights

For most people running a marathon would be demanding enough, but Perry Mann plans to quadruple the challenge when he runs more than 105 miles along the Norfolk coastline this month.

For most people running a marathon would be demanding enough, but Perry Mann plans to quadruple the challenge when he runs more than 105 miles along the Norfolk coastline this month.

In the space of 24 hours Mr Mann, from Sandy Lane, Dereham, will run from the Lincolnshire border near King's Lynn around north Norfolk and past Great Yarmouth down to the Suffolk border.

And he hopes by completing this gruelling task he will raise £2,000 for Lucie's Lifesaving Project - an initiative set up in memory of Lucie Proctor, from Reymerston, near Dereham, who was a rising star of the Norfolk farming community and who died in December 2008 aged 25.

Mr Mann is a member of North Elmham Young Farmers Club which plans to raise funds for Lucie's Lifesaving Project throughout this year.

Having previously run marathons in London, Dublin, Chicago, Berlin and Brentwood, Mr Mann, 25 and who works for Broadland Housing, is no stranger to long-distance running but this will be the first time he has attempted to run 105 miles non-stop.

“I am really looking forward to it. I have been in training for it since November,” he said.

“I think running in the early hours will be the most difficult. During the day when there are people cheering you on it becomes a bit easier but in the night and early hours when there is hardly anybody around it will be very lonely.”

Mr Mann plans to start his challenge at 7.30am on Saturday, March 20 and hopes to finish by dawn the next day.

Lucie's Lifesaving Project has already bought a £14,000 cooling system for the critical care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to help control a person's body temperature.

The project also hopes to sponsor first aid training for Young Farmers and highlight the importance of having defibrillators in public places.

Anybody wishing to sponsor Mr Mann should call him on 07788 486035 or go to Perry's 100 Mile Coast Run on Facebook.


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