A LEEK school teacher is to take part in an ultra marathon in an effort to support his best friend and pupils who suffer from diabetics.
Steven Mycock, aged 32, is head of chemistry at Westwood College and attended Waterhouses First School, Churnet View and Leek High where he met his best friend Ben Smith.
In an effort to raise funds for Diabetes UK, Steven is taking part in the gruelling event known as The Wall – Ultra Marathon which runs from Carlisle Castle to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, on Saturday, June 21.
The route travels along Hadrian's Wall over a mixed-terrain that incorporates both on and off-road sections and involves 69 miles of land to be conquered.
Steven said: "I am taking part in the event to raise funds for Diabetes UK with two friends who I met while refereeing at football matches. I really want to support my best mate Ben Smith, from Leek, who was diagnosed with diabetes more than a decade ago, along with the many students who I teach who have the disease but just get on with it and never moan.
"I have completed many full and half marathons. My latest was the Liverpool Marathon last month which I managed to complete in three hours 46 minutes. The ultra marathon route is obviously harder and longer than a marathon, but we are aiming to complete the course in about 15 to 16 hours.
"I have been training two and three times a week for this event. The organisers recommend that you walk up all the steep parts and then run down the hill and flat sections."
Steven is also celebrating after his football referee skills have just earned him promotion.
He has been a referee in the Evo Stik League but has now heard the good news that he has been promoted next season as an assistant referee in the Conference League.
Steven added: "I am really pleased to be promoted to the conference league which is the next step to the Football League. I am looking forward to attending former football league grounds. One day I would love to referee in the Football League."
If you could contribute to help Steven raise more funds for Diabetes UK go to http://www.justgiving.com/SMycockTheWall page and simply donate any amount