Iron Man’s extreme 1200mile run pushing wheelchair and barrel in Manchester

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Iron man Gavin is running an extreme 1200 miles pushing a wheelchair holding a heavy barrel for two iconic hospitals running through the major cities in the UK 

An ex-soldier is undergoing the challenge of his life with a 1200 mile run taking to the streets of the UK, and is calling on the public to support him in achieving his goal

Gavin Sandford, now a hospital practitioner hopes the feat, which will include him pushing a wheelchair whilst carrying a heavy barrel, and wearing fancy dress, will raise thousands for the Queen Elizabeth hospital and the Children’s hospital.

coast startGavin, 41, originally from S Africa, has since lived in the UK for many years and served as a soldier in the army for five years, he said his joint experience in the army and working with seriously ill soldiers and children has inspired him to take on 45 marathons – 45 days.

“It is an extreme and exciting challenge and I’m fortunate that many good people have already pledged support, but I hope others can help too so this dream can come true,” he added.

“I have wanted to do something to help and support causes close to my heart and I hope the community of the UK will help us raise £100,000 to provide essential rehabilitation equipment and bucket lists which will aid countless patients” he said.


Gavin armyHe is hoping his feat, which started at John O’ Groats (5 August) to Land’s End (20 September), which is not the usual route, but where he will be running through the UK’s cities in his marathon conquests, will inspire others to join him part of the way in fancy dress.

Gavin runs through from Huddersfield through Oldham, to Manchester Football Club, The Arndale Centre (around 11am) through the main shopping areas of Deansgate and Princess Street on Tuesday 26th August.

“We need collectors for the street collections in the major cities along the route, any physiotherapists /therapists who can assist with his recovery along the route, also any accommodation that want to offer a room to support Gavin along the way is gratefully received” he said.

“Importantly we really need your enthusiastic support in spreading the word, so this can really succeed and please do come out to join me and cheer me on along the route, in fancy dress if you can, to go for a record attempt!”.

The BBC, Land Rover and many others are following Gavin’s challenge, you can too –, twitter @icaiw2014 and website blog at

Gavin set up his challenge ‘I can and I will’ in November planning for the run, said “It’s daunting – a great mental and physical effort, but I’m looking forward to it,” he added. “It’ll be the challenge of my life, but having seen what others have gone through I’m sure this will keep me going in the tougher times.”


Anyone wishing to help please contact the ” I can and I will” Team on: 07817 213196, or 07850 556415