A pub landlord will run seven marathons in seven days in a bid to raise money for charity.
But not only is John Gartland taking on the mammoth challenge – he’s doing so wearing a full morph suit.
Beginning on Monday, April 25, the 34-year-old’s journey will take him on a tour of the north west’s football and rugby clubs.
“Morphman” John, who runs The Old Millstone in Macclesfield, will start from Macclesfield FC, before making his way on to Macclesfield RUFC, Stockport County, Manchester United, Manchester City, Oldham, Rochdale, Burnley, Accrington Stanley, Blackburn Rovers, Preston, Bamber Bridge FC, Chorley FC, Bolton Wanderers, Wigan, St Helens RFC, Everton, Liverpool, Tranmere, Chester and finally back up to Macclesfield.
He hopes by running the 180-odd miles, he will raise thousands of pounds for the East Cheshire Hospice, and also the East Cheshire Hospital Charity (ECHO) – two causes which John says he is in “awe” of.
John said: “Well the idea for Morphman came from a friend of mine. I was talking about a run I did previously which was 740 miles in 22 days for the Alder Hey Hospital and I said I wanted to do something similar but with work I couldn’t take too long off.
“So I decided on seven marathons in seven days, and he mentioned how hot these suits were and it would be pretty tough running in one of those!
“Challenge accepted! I’ve since done a 10k run in St Helens wearing a morphsuit and my friend wasn’t kidding, they are very hot, breathing is much more difficult and it’s very energy sapping!”
Since then, John has also completed the Manchester Marathon and the Wilmslow Half Marathon as “Morphman”.
He added: “As a landlord I feel it’s important to use my position to bring people together to raise funds for people that work tirelessly to help people in our community. Any little help we can do, is worth the efforts to keep them doing what they do and this is why I want to fundraise for the East Cheshire Hospice and ECHO.
“My family has also been helped by charitable organisations reliant on donations, so this also is a reason for wanting to give something back.”
To sponsor John, visit www.morphman.co.uk .