A marathon man will be running 100 miles along the south coast in four days to raise money for the Poppy Appeal.
Ray Collins, a paralegal, from Bewbush, will set off today (Wednesday July 30) and aims to finish at Gunwarf Quays, in Portsmouth on Saturday (August 2).
Ray will be running with former Royal Marine, Darryl Boden, and the pair hope to raise £2,000 for the charity.
Ray, 48, explained the idea was to help the Royal British Legion to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.
He said: “We thought it would be nice to emcompass our entire county along the coast – 100 miles for 100 years.”
As for his experience with marathons, Ray has tackled the Great South Run as well as the New Forest Marathon.
He said: “I do a little bit of running – I’m not built for it but I do it!”
Initially Ray and Darryl intended to run with two others – a police officer and a paramedic – but both had to drop out due to their work schedules.
The first day of the challenge will see Ray and Darryl run from Hastings to Seaford; the next will be Seaford to Worthing, then Worthing to Chichester before the final day takes them from Chichester to Portsmouth.
The pair will be greeted by mayors and other dignitaries as they go and hope to arrive in Portsmouth at noon – though Ray thinks they will be a little later if the scorching weather continues and slows their pace.
So far, just short of £1,000 has been raised. To sponsor Ray and Darryl, log on to www.justgiving.com/Ray-Collins1 .