A former GB para-athlete will run a mammoth ultramarathon from Manchester to London next week. Elite para-athlete and skier Jonny Huntington will be taking on this challenge on October 30 in preparation for his attempt to become the world's first disabled person to ski solo to the South Pole next year.
After suffering a stroke in 2014, Jonny was paralysed down one side of his body, and after extensive rehab has gained some movement back.
The 11-day ultramarathon from Manchester to the capital will test the resilience of his body by putting it through similar stresses he will feel on his expedition in 2024. Jonny is hoping to raise money for multiple charities including The Armed Forces Para-Snowsport team (AFPST), Adaptive Grand Slam (AGS) and Invictus Games Foundation during the run - and along the way will be visiting schools to show local children that anything is possible with self-belief and determination.
The ski to the South Pole will be the first time someone with a disability has ever attempted to ski solo and unsupported across 911 kilometres of the Antarctic - and it is anticipated it will take him 40 days.
We caught up with Jonny just before he set off on his challenge to complete the ultramarathon from Manchester to London.