Waterlooville boxers hope Land’s End run will be a knock-out success

GLOVES ON From left, Jim Peters, Chris Warren, Glenn Bramble-Stewart, Marc Handscombe, Rob Back, Gavin Buckner, and Andy Rutter.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (121382-2)
GLOVES ON From left, Jim Peters, Chris Warren, Glenn Bramble-Stewart, Marc Handscombe, Rob Back, Gavin Buckner, and Andy Rutter. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121382-2)
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THEY’RE used to having the eye of the tiger in the ring.

But eight amateur boxers will face a very different challenge as they run round the clock from Land’s End to Waterlooville – with only a campervan, some head torches and navigation watches to help them on their way.

They will run along the coastline – often in the pitch black – for an incredible 318 miles over three days.

Without sleeping, they will take turns to run 10 miles at a time in a bid to raise £5,000 for The Rowans Hospice.

The runners are all members of Back To Fitness Gym in London Road, Waterlooville.

Chris Warren, 37, a gas engineer who lives in The Meadow, Denmead, said: ‘We all get together and go for a run as part of keeping fit.

‘A couple of lads said we should push ourselves a little bit.

‘Jim Peters and Andy Rutter came up with the idea of running from Land’s End back to Waterlooville.

‘We have a campervan that’s going to be our support vehicle.

‘We are driving to Land’s End and two people will jump out and run 10 times.

‘Then they will jump back in and the next two will run 10 miles.

‘Each runner will run 30 miles a day.’

The men will be wearing head torches to help them see during the night.

The campervan, being driven by 63-year-old Chris Warren Senior, will travel ahead of the running pair and wait at each 10-mile interval.

To stop the runners getting lost, they will be kitted with a special watch.

Mr Warren explained: ‘We have special watches that work by GPS.

‘When you have to turn left or right they vibrate on your wrist. It’s going to be dark.’

The only person taking naps will be Chris Warren Senior as he waits for the runners to arrive.

Also on the journey will be a student physiotherapist from South Downs College to give massages.

To prepare for the run the boxers have been meeting up at 3am to get used to running while sleep-deprived.

Rob Back, 55, who runs Back to Fitness and was in the army, said: ‘Running and boxing do go together, but are also different.

‘They all go out and do six miles max for boxing. For a lot of them this will be out of their comfort zone.’

Mr Warren said the hospice was a very worthy cause as it had helped all their families at some stage.

The boxers hope to run on Wednesday, May 2, returning on the Friday.

On the verge of exhaustion, they still hope to have the energy for one last jog.

Mr Warren added: ‘On the Saturday morning, we want to run down the high street as a welcome home celebration.’

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