CHARITY champion Ed Helme just keeps on running. Last year, inspired by his hero Eddie Izzard, he took part in ten runs to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and this year he’s been pounding the streets again.
Ed, of Charles Street, Brighouse, has taken part in 12 10k runs and half marathons and one charity walk - the Midnight Walk for Overgate Hospice.
“I think I must have caught the running bug,” said Ed who works for Lloyds Banking in Leeds. “Between March and November I’ve been all over the country to take part - Leeds, Wolverhampton, Hull, York, Birmingham - and I’ve enjoyed them all. My times seem to have improved and fortunately I’ve had no injuries.”
This year Ed has been raising money for Cancer Research. He had to put plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro on hold but he is hoping to go for a full marathon next year.
Thirty-year-old Ed trains on the treadmill at Brighouse Pool and Fitness Centre five times a week.
“It’s just part of my routine now. I put my music on and pound away.”
Ed ran his first Great North Run in 1999 and lost two stone while he trained for the event. After a break from running the former Rastrick High School pupil rediscovered his enthusiasm and has been hitting the road seriously for almost two years.
“There’s always a great atmosphere at these charity runs and it’s just fun taking part,” he said.
“The hardest one was the Bradford 10k which included a lot of uphill sections.”
Ed’s enthusiasm for running is catching. At his encouragement one of his work colleagues recently took part in her first charity run.
“She had never run in her life before but, through hearing me talking about, she decided to give it a go and was so proud of herself when she finished.
“I just tell people that, if I can do it, anyone can,” said Ed who got married to his wife Laura last December.