Former Great Britain rugby league captain Jamie Peacock is lacing up his running shoes to take on a 45-miler around London for charity on March 6.
Peacock, who ran 55km in Devon last year in support of fellow Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow’s fight against motor neurone disease (MND), will be running for the Greenhouse Sports charity with friend Simon Dent.
They were originally due to run the Green Man Ultra in Bristol, but they have just announced that, due to its cancellation, they have devised their own route around the capital, 30 miles of which will be on the Thames Towpath.
Peacock partially supported former team-mate Kevin Sinfield on his seven marathons in seven days effort, which has raised more than £2 million for MND research.
He and Dent also raised more £50,000 via the Devon run to help support Burrow’s treatment and his family.
This time they are supporting the Greenhouse Centre, which mentors disadvantaged youngsters through sport. They are hoping donors via their Just Giving page will commit £30,000 that will pay for a full-time coach at a school for a year.
Peacock and Dent write on the Just Giving page: “Government funded youth services, services that were accessed by kids from poorer areas, have suffered a 70% funding cut in the last 10 years, with some areas experience cuts by 91% in the last three years. And it is no coincidence that this statistic exists alongside a steep increase of youth violence.
“Every child deserves a fair chance to succeed no matter what their background is. Please help us raise as much as we can.”
Forty-three-year-old Peacock has devoted much time to ultra-running and fund-raising since his retirement.
“I like the fact that you push yourself and challenge what you can accomplish as a person. Ultramarathons are a great test of that,” he told City AM.
“For me, as much as anything, it’s a good way of dealing with retirement. Because every week in professional sport you have a challenge to overcome and it’s good to be feeling that you’re doing something epic — whether it’s trying to win a trophy or a Grand Final.”