03:18AM, Thursday 19 September 2013
A dad-of-two can finally put his feet up after a year of pounding the pavement.
Dominic Rees, of St Margaret's Road in Maidenhead, has raised more than £4,600 through an exhausting challenge to run at least three miles a day, every day, for a year.
That meant getting his kit on and heading out come rain or shine and whether he was ill, hungover after his work Christmas party or on holiday in Mallorca in scorching heat.
He never failed to get out and pound the pavement, spurred on by the goal of raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in honour of his 21-month-old niece and god-daughter, Chloe.
After 1,417 miles, which is roughly the distance to Gibraltar, the IT services worker felt different emotions about finishing his endeavour on September 4.
"It was a curious mixture of pride at achieving something pretty amazing and also a bit of sadness, but most of all I'm pretty chuffed that I managed to raise that much money and complete it," he said.
"It was much, much tougher than I thought it would be."
Dom also ran the London Marathon in a personal best time, tackled the three peaks challenge and capped the year off by running the Maidenhead Half Marathon four days after his challenge ended.
As a result, he's fitter than ever after burning 217,000 calories, and he has passed on the running bug to his seven-year-old daughter, Madeline, who took part in the Maidenhead Micro-marathon.
The 42-year-old won’t rest for long, and plans another running fundraiser next year.
Visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DomRees to donate.