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Meet the ultra-runner who conquered Greater Manchester’s 200 mile ringway in one epic charity run

Oldham's Colin Green completed a 200-mile non-stop GM Ringway challenge on the May bank holiday weekend

Ultra-runner Colin Green, 53, from Greenfield in Saddleworth near Oldham has become the first person to run the entire 200 miles of the GM Ringway, Greater Manchester’s walking trial all in one go.

The neuro-physiotherapist who helps people living with brain injury or conditions like Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis at his practice, Physio Matters Neurological, in Oldham is raising money for a charity called Day One Trauma Support which supports survivors of major traumatic injuries.

You can find out more about Day One Trauma Support’s work by clicking here

Colin Green’s ultra effort

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Colin (L) with his cousin Anthony Rodgers

Colin set off at 8 am on Friday 3 May from Greenfield station which is the start of Stage 8 of the GM Ringway trial and only 400m from his house.

His wife, Jane, acted as his support crew, helping him switch from his day pack to night pack and keeping him supplied with dehydrated meals, sugary and salty snacks, gels and drinks.

To complete the challenge Colin only slept for eight hours in total, two on the first night near Bromley Cross in Bolton, three and a half on the Saturday night near Irlam in Salford and two and a half in Poynton on the Sunday.

He continued non-stop through Sunday and finally made it back at Greenfield Station at 8.12 pm on Monday 6 May having run anti-clockwise through all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester in just 84 hours and 12 minutes.

Spine Race along the Pennine Way

Colin, who has completed other ultras including the 268-mile Spine Race along the Pennine Way, the 215-mile Race Across Scotland twice and the 200-mile Ultra Great Britain said: “The pace was slow which was key to me completing this, and I often walked up and down hills.

“On average I did four miles an hour. And I even managed to stop at a few cafes along the way. It was a long, lonely slog at times. I did have friends meet me at some of the stages which gave me a real boost.

“The GM Ringway is still a new walking trail so nobody had tackled the whole thing non-stop before, so I wanted to give it a go and it’s great to be the first. I hope others will now try and beat my time.

“The last stage from Broadbottom to Greenfield was the hardest. You go to the Chew Valley reservoir then drop down to Chew Plantation before ending up near the squash club and back to Greenfield station and then I went straight to bed. I was lucky that the temperature was fairly mild for the time of year.

“The weather was mainly fine and not too hot. It rained heavily on the Friday night and Monday evening but at least that kept me cool. My feet are very sore and I struggled with pain in my ankles, but I’m now planning to do the Spine Race again in a few weeks’ time.”

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Andrew Read, GM Ringway Project Lead

Andrew Read, GM Ringway Project Lead, said: “We designed this trail to help promote the joys of walking to local people.

“What Colin has achieved is very impressive. The stages vary in difficulty, with some easily accessible and fairly flat, and others hilly and more challenging. The landscape is surprisingly varied, meaning that no two stages are the same. Some can be tough to walk let alone run, so hats off to Colin and any other ultra-runners who take this on.”

What is the GM Ringway?

GM Ringway

The GM Ringway is Greater Manchester’s walking trail. Designed around existing footpaths, parks and open-access land, the GM Ringway connects Greater Manchester’s 2.8 million residents with the natural and cultural heritage on our doorstep.

Covering all ten boroughs of the city-region, the trail explores an astonishing variety of landscapes, including parks, waterways and beautiful countryside.

Best of all, you can access each of 20 stages of the 186-mile route by public transport.

The route passes more than 40 Grade I and II*-listed buildings, including Bramall Hall in Stockport and Haigh Hall in Wigan; 13 accredited museums, such as the Imperial War Museum in Trafford, and 14 scheduled ancient monuments including Blackstone Edge Roman Road in Rochdale.

The trail also guides walkers through 57 conservation areas, nine sites of special scientific interest, 18 local nature reserves and parts of the Peak District National Park.

Best get the walking boots out of the loft and dust them off!

You can find out more about the GM Ringway by clicking here

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