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Wingerworth man completes his charity run across the USA

A man from Wingerworth who has been branded 'Chesterfield's Forest Gump' has completed his mammoth run across America.

On 29 April 2018 Eric Keeler began his run from one corner of the United States to the other, making the trip entirely by foot.

He started in Lubec, Maine on the Canadian border, and travelled across the country, before finishing at the Mexican border at San Diego, California in December.

He told us he had to sit though a hurricane while travelling over the Rocky mountains, with only his tent for protection: "I was sat in my tent after about 16 hours. I felt like it was never going to end. But when you do get through you think 'If I can make it through that, I can get through no matter what comes at me."

Upon completing the challenge, Eric said: "I don't really get emotional at things but it was just that point that you've been dreaming of, running into the ocean. It was a strange feeling."

And he also spent eight days crossing the Mojave desert down the famous route 66. "It's a surreal place. It's a really strange feeling because you're hundreds of miles from anywhere. It was really nice but at the same time you're going through a desert so it's as nice as it could be!"

He also said it was strange to be back home after spending eight months on the road: "Even just having the same bed for a week is a whole different thing to get used to. Everything is a big change coming back but I've got to get back into the swing of it now."

Eric's run was all in aid of the charity Spinal Research. You can still support Eric by donating on their website.

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