A NOVEL running challenge saw a fitness enthusiast keep pace with the increasing days on a calender.
Ross Wearing, a branch merchandiser for George at Magna Park near Lutterworth, ran the same amount of kilometres as that day’s date throughout the month of December.
This meant that on December 1, Ross ran one kilometre and on December 31, he ran 31 kilometres.
He took on the challenge, which saw him run a total of 496km in the month, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
He decided to raise money for this charity as someone very close to him received support from Macmillan during the worst time of their life.
Ross, who has worked for the company for eight years, also took on several other physical challenges during 2012 for Macmillan.
He rowed an indoor marathon and took on a 40-mile ‘ultra’ marathon.
He also completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in under six hours.
Not only that, he also cycled the 101 miles of the South Downs Way in a single day.
In total he took completed 12 challenges in 12 months.
Ross has now been nominated as Colleague of the Year at the Magna Park site. And he will go through to the Asda national finals, the winner for which will be announced later this month.
Wendy Mills, a spokesman for George at Magna Park, said: “No matter how tough the training and gruelling the challenges got, he still managed to keep smiling.
“He is a truly amazing colleague and our director Nick Jones has been the sponsor of his nomination, so much so that on December 17 he joined Ross on his run around Magna Park.”
About 30 of his colleagues at Magna Park also supported him as he ran 17 kilometres on day 17 of his challenge.
Ross even ran on Christmas Day and said that he started his first run of the day at midnight when he saw people coming out of the pubs after celebrating on Christmas Eve.
Ross said: “It has been great. This last December challenge was particularly good.
“Lots of my colleagues have been out running with me during lunch times and I don’t think I ran one on my own.
“I live in Rugby and had friends running with me from there as well.”
He has raised more than £9,000 to date but there is still time to donate by visiting his Just Giving website.
It can be viewed at www. justgiving.com/ross-wearing.