Welsh runners to take on Offa's Dyke FKT

Jason Harper, Nia Albiston, Gordon Hughes and Laurent Gorce aim to complete the 177 miles in 64 hours

Laurent Gorce, Jason Harper, Nia Albiston & Gordon Hughes (l-r) will set off from south Wales up the border path at the end of this month

Laurent Gorce, Jason Harper, Nia Albiston & Gordon Hughes (l-r) will set off from south Wales up the border path at the end of this month

Four Welsh runners are set to try to beat the fastest known time for the historic Offa’s Dyke Path later this month to raise money for Wales Air Ambulance.

The quartet will set off from near Chepstow in south Wales on March 22 and follow the eighth-century, 177-mile trail which forms the border with England all the way up to Prestatyn in the north of the principality.

Jason Harper, Nia Albiston, Gordon Hughes and Laurent Gorce will be aiming to beat the time of 64 hours 10 minutes set by Michael Wood in 2012. They plan to take two short breaks for sleep and will be supported by Welsh snack brand Wild Trail, who will supply them with energy bars.

The four runners each have their own personal reasons for taking part in the challenge.

Harper, who is 47, took up running four years ago as part of recovery for an an emergency operation on his spine, having been told he would be disabled.

Gorce, 43, started running three years ago when a friend of a similar age died of cancer. “It made me realise that life is short and that it’s important to try and achieve and experience new things,” she said.

Albiston, 40, added: “I love being out in the wild and exploring the outdoors.  Running is my way to get outside and get active so this challenge is perfect.”

Hughes, now 40, began running when he quit smoking eight years ago. Having said he formerly couldn’t walk up the stairs without being out of breath, within five months, he had completed the Three Peaks Challenge and has gone on to complete two 200-mile races.