Padiham policeman’s “ultra-marathon” challenge for brave Hayley

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A PADIHAM policeman is preparing to do a gruelling 12-hour ultra-marathon today to help a local teenager who has battled leukaemia.

PC Dave Pascoe is set to a tackle the torturous treadmill run non-stop for a whole half day to raise money for Hayley Barker who had to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

The former soldier’s amazing charity bid could see him run up to 70 miles when he sets off on a running machine in The Bridge pub at 10am.

PC Pascoe (44) hopes locals will come down to support the charity challenge and donate money towards brave 16-year-old Hayley who now needs a life-saving lung transplant.

He said: “She got leukaemia when she was just eight years old. They thought she had beaten it but it came with a vengeance when she was 13.

“She now needs a lung transplant and she has a breathing machine.

“They want to help improve her quality of life.”

PC Pascoe was determined to help the charity bid by running 12 hours non-stop on the treadmill.

He said: “It is going to be tough. I have trained doing it for eight hours but I was tired. After eight hours I am into the unknown.

“A lot of it is in your head when you are running ultra-marathon distances. It is mental not physical.

“I will be running at a slow pace - it is just a case of staying on the running machine and keeping going for 12 hours.

“It is going to be a real test, but I will do it, even if it kills me

The charity challenge run will take place in The Bridge pub between 10am and 10pm today and anyone can come in with a donation.

Physique Sports, of Colne, have provided the running machine.

PC Pascoe added: “We want to get as much support as we can. If people want to donate there will be a cash bucket on the bar at The Bridge pub.”