Four men, four days, 134 miles

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Four friends from the Milton Keynes area will be setting off on the toughest run of their lives in August.

Andrew Metcalfe, Phil Croney and Daron Devenish from Old Stratford and Ken Parsons from Kempston will be taking part in Run the Country – a four-day, 134-mile run from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Sunderland.

The route will take in some of the most dramatic scenery in the country, and will include tough climbs and pockets of isolation.

It promises to be extremely demanding, both mentally and physically.

The route has been cycled many times, but the sport-mad crew didn’t think that was tough enough.

So, at the end of last year they set about planning their very own ultra-challenge.

Wanting to raise as much money as possible for their chosen charities, they are blogging, documenting, photographing and videoing their whole journey, from now until the end of the challenge.

Graphic designer Andrew, aged 42, is fundraising for the British Polio Fellowship.

Sports therapist Phil, aged 40, and programme manager Daron, aged 47, are running for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

And sports massage therapist Ken, aged 49, is raising funds for The Road Victims Trust and in support of Steve Rouse through Aspire.

Read about their adventure at www.runthecountry.net