Superhero attempting to become first man to run every mile from Paris to London including Channel

The story of fundraising hero Dave Sissens

Dave Sissens, aged 40 from Great Dunmow in Essex will attempt to become the first man to run the entire distance between Paris and London, including the English Channel, in April this year to raise funds for children’s charity Children with Cancer UK.

Dave, who works at CLS Services Ltd, will run the Paris marathon on 12th April, before starting his mammoth challenge from under the iconic Eiffel Tower early the following morning.  He will run approximately one marathon every day, before arriving in Calais, where he plans to continue running on a treadmill on board the cross channel ferry, which has been kindly supplied by P&O Ferries. He will then continue running from Dover to London in time to run the Virgin Money London Marathon on 26th April 2015 – his 41st birthday.  A total of over 325 miles, 650,000 steps, 78 hours of running, 600,000 heartbeats, 13 gallons of sweat and over 4 hours in an ice bath!

Dave said “No one has ever run the ‘long way’ from Paris to London, including running across the English Channel, so I can’t wait to get started and raise as much money as I can. I was lucky enough to see for myself the work that Children with Cancer UK do and throughout my challenge, the thought of what young children have to endure will definitely keep me moving.”

Dave is no stranger to fundraising and has, to date, raised over £30,000 for Children with Cancer UK.  He has run several marathons over the past 15 years and in 2012 walked unsupported to the North Pole, but has never attempted anything of this magnitude.  He has already received phenomenal support for his challenge including rooms donated by The London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Renaissance Parc Trocadero; products from Helly Hanson, Garmin, Brooks, Dunmow Luxury Travel; sponsorship from Investigo, Paddon and the support of an Olympic physiotherapist, who will be alongside Dave throughout.

In London he will join the Children with Cancer UK Superheroes team for the Virgin Money London Marathon and in total hopes to raise over £50,000. Over 1,300 runners will be dressed in superhero caps and headbands at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon in a bid to raise millions of pounds for Children with Cancer UK to fund vital research for children suffering from cancer.

Ben Twyman, from Children with Cancer UK said “We wish Dave huge amounts of luck for his forthcoming challenge.  He’s one of the most determined men I have ever met, so we know he’ll give it everything he has and we can’t wait to see him cross that finish line in Pall Mall one very happy and tired individual.”

Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer. The charity funds life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood cancer and works to protect young lives through essential welfare and campaigning programmes. 

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