He has faced a few marathons before – but none as challenging as Snowdonia.

So when James Cook tackles the Welsh marathon on October 26, he won’t be taking anything for granted.

 The 45-year-old accountant for the NHS took up running eight years ago.

 “A friend introduced me to parkrun and I went from there to 10k and a few half marathons."

"In terms of marathons, I’ve done Hull and York but both are quite flat,” said James, from Keel Road, Hull.  

The prospect of covering 26.2 miles whilst ascending 840 metres around Snowdon – the highest peak in England and Wales - is way beyond any run I’ve done before.

"Whilst the experience will no doubt be gruelling, the sense of achievement will be something I’ll treasure for ever. It’s the ultimate challenge.”

James chose to raise money for Bowel & Cancer Research because several people close to him have been affected by the disease  – not least his mum Paula who is a bowel cancer survivor.

Paula, along with James’ dad Arthur, his sister Julia Pool, nephew Thomas, girlfriend Melanie Bryan and her daughter Alana are all heading to Snowdonia for a few days to support James who hopes to finish in about 4.5hrs. 

Chief Executive of Bowel & Cancer Research Deborah Gilbert thanked James for his support. “It is good news that Paula Cook is a bowel cancer survivor.

Our aim is to ensure that no one should die of bowel cancer in future and we can only do that with the help of our fantastic fundraisers.  

Anyone who wants to support James can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-cook62