Super slimmer's 24-hour non-stop run for charity.
Byline: Craig Thompson Reporter email@example.com
A SUPER slimmer nurse is planning to run around the Newcastle and Gateshead quayside non-stop for 24 hours.
Adrian Brooks aims to circle the Tyne at least 100 times, covering a distance of 100 miles, in his unprecedented effort.
Starting on the Gateshead side of the Millennium Bridge, the 37-year-old he will run along to the Swing Bridge and back over the Newcastle quayside.
Stopping only for brief toilet breaks, Adrian's extraordinary effort will start at 6pm on Thursday, October 30 and end 24 hours later.
Adrian, of Heaton, Newcastle, said: "I've had a lot of people telling me I'm crazy and off-the-map but this is something I really want to try.
"We are in negotiations with hotels on the quayside to see if I can nip in and use their toilets during the run.
"I will be mainly eating snack bars while running to keep me going, although we have talked about ordering a pizza during the night."
Fortunately, Adrian is no stranger to long distance running having this year completed North East ultra-marathon The Wall, which saw him running 69 miles in an impressive 12hrs and 30mins.
However, this is his first "100-miler" and he has chosen to attempt it in the heart of his home city.
Adrian, married to Emma, 34, said: "Usually once you get past the 40-mile mark things get easier and your body adjusts to the running.
"On the night, I will have a support team with me, including Emma, and they will be providing me with food and changes of shirts."
Adrian works in the adolescent mental health section and was inspired to take the feat in order to raise awareness of the needs of young people.
He said: "I just think kids need to be given as much opportunity in life as possible."
No one knows better than Adrian what can be achieved through dedication and hard work.
Just a few years ago, Adrian, a member of Tyne Bridge Running Club, weighed in at more than 26st and could barely run for more than five seconds.
But after shedding 14st, he is now determined to do his bit for charity.
All the money raised will go towards the Brathay Trust, which aims to improve the life chances of children and young people by inspiring them to engage positively in their communities.
To help Adrian in his marathon effort, visit www.justgiving.com/24hoursonthetyne
Adrian Brooks before his |weight loss
Adrian Brooks is going to run for 24 hours along the quayside CLAIRE MCKIE