Five Daft Lads run Pennines for Martin House

21 September 2020
Five friends who took on a 30-mile run across the Pennines are celebrating raising more than £4,000 for Martin House.

Jack Firth, 28, persuaded four friends to join him in the ‘Five Daft Lads’ challenge, after his niece Cecelia Westmoreland died in February, just weeks after her first birthday.

Cecelia, and her parents Esme and James, had been supported by Martin House, after Cecelia was diagnosed with a rare chromosome disorder 1.p.36 aged only six months.

Jack, of Outwood, Wakefield, along with his friends Rob Mynett of Barnsley, Joe Metcalfe of Huddersfield and Sam Beresford and Joe Butcher, both of Manchester, decided to run the 30 miles from Manchester to Huddersfield, including a 1,200ft climb up Saddleworth Moor.

Jack said: “It was a really enjoyable day, we had about 13 people joining us at different points in the run, including Esme and James, and my dad, and it definitely helped to keep us going, and give us the extra energy we needed.

“Our brother Danny intended to join us for three miles, and ended up running the whole last 17 miles with us, and with not training!

“None of us had managed the full 30 miles before the run, I think the most any of us had managed was 20 miles, as we’d had a few knee injuries in training, but fortunately it was enough and we all got through – it really helped to be running together.

“I’m tired, but not as bad as I thought I would be, and that seems to be the case for everyone else too.”

None of the team, who met at Shelley College in Huddersfield were keen runners before the challenge, and it took six hours to complete the run, crossing the finish line near Jack and Esme’s parent’s home in Upper Cumberworth.

They have raised over £4,200 so far, and are hoping the total will reach £5,000. Esme has already raised £10,000 for Martin House, by completing 26 challenges in one day, as part of the 2.6 Challenge in April.

Jack added: “I’m very grateful to Martin House, just for all the help and support they gave Esme and James throughout Cecelia’s life. It meant a lot to us, so we are glad we can do something to help them carry on supporting other families.”

Read Cecelia's story here.