AN ambitious teenager has organised a formidable test of endurance to raise money for charity after he was inspired by a viral internet craze.
Engineering student Peter Walton plans to run 10 laps of Albert Village Lake and complete 50 press ups and sit ups between each circuit to raise cash for Cancer Research.
The 18-year-old Burton and South Derbyshire College student, of Elmsleigh Drive, Midway, told the Mail he was determined to help the charity after he the success of the online ‘no makeup selfie’ trend.
The craze involves women posting pictures of themselves online without makeup to raise awareness and money for the charity.
Peter said: “Everyone is doing this ‘no makeup’ thing but I don’t wear makeup.
“But I still wanted to do something and I thought this would be a worthwhile cause and it will get me a bit healthier in the mean time.”
Peter estimated that each lap of the lake is about 3-miles, which, if he completes the challenge, would bring the total distance ran to 30 miles and 500 press ups and sit ups completed.
Peter also said a group of about 10 friends and well-wishers will join him for the race on April 19.
He said: “I think it’s going to kill me but it will be worth it and we will definitely get it done.
“I have started training for it by going on little jogs with friends so I’m learning to set the pace.
“I’m not in bad shape and I can do the press ups and sit ups quite easily.
“I think doing it in laps will space it out as well so we will have a chance to recover.”
More than £8 million has been raised for Cancer Research since the ‘no makeup selfie’ craze went viral earlier this week, and Peter said it was an amount he was keen to add to.
He said: “I want to raise as much as possible, I think £100 is a realistic target but anymore is a bonus.
“I decided to do it for Cancer Research because cancer can affect anyone. There have been a few scares with close family and friends so it has affected me in a way.”
Peter added that anyone who would like to take part can in touch with him at www.facebook.com/peter.walton.79