Marathon Mike nets more cash in holiday island test

Marathon Mike nets more cash in holiday island test

VETERAN athlete Mike Luby raised more than £200 for a cancer charity by running the Lanzarote Marathon.

Mike, 61, of Dewsbury, took part in the Spanish holiday island’s 25th annual event last Saturday in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research.

He completed the route from Costa Teguise to Puerto del Carmen and back in five hours and 20 minutes.

It was the 16th marathon of Mike’s running career since he took up the sport in 2001.

He has previously taken part in the London, New York and Paris marathons and is a regular at the Great North Run.

Included among Mike’s charitable causes are disabled group Whizz Kidz and the Society for the Blind of Dewsbury, Batley and District.

Sponsorship from two Dewsbury traders, Val’s Book Shop on the market and Creative Crafts, helped get Mike to Lanzarote.

His fundraising total was £202 – and he hopes to raise more by running the Dewsbury 10k in February.

Mike joked: “The day after there were a few of us who were stiff and walking a bit funny.

“But by Tuesday I’d recovered and I’ll keep running for as long as I’m fit enough to keep enjoying it.”

Lanzarote was a feast of running last Saturday, with half marathon, 10k, 5k and wheelchair races complementing the main event.

Thousands of people took part, including 1,500 alongside Mike in the main marathon.

Oscar Alberich Garcia won in two hours 28 minutes on a sunny day where even in December the temperature was a balmy 21 degrees.

Salesman Mike, also a caretaker at the Machell’s Mill flats where he lives, has his sights on Las Vegas next.

He said: “Having done the New York Marathon, that gave me a taste of America and I’d love to do more over there.”

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