Dye-hard dad racks up miles for charity

This Is Wiltshire: Alan Butler running his final 10 miles from Coate Water country park on Saturday Alan Butler running his final 10 miles from Coate Water country park on Saturday

DAD Alan Butler completed his challenge to run 300 miles in 30 days for epilepsy charity, Fable, at Coate Water on Saturday.

The 42-year-old from Royal Wootton Bassett was joined by runners from Swindon Shin Splints, Swindon Striders, Royal Wootton Bassett Hounds and the Swindon Tri Club to finish the last 10 miles of his challenge.

The group set off from The Sun Inn at Coate Water on Saturday morning, and as part of his challenge Alan completed the run wearing a slightly extravagant outfit.

Alan, who is not a fan of Arsenal FC, said: “A friend said he would give some more money but there were conditions. I had to wear a green mankini, “I dyed my hair green, and I had to carry an Arsenal beach ball. It was not good.

“The run went really well though.”

Alan has always been a runner, but earlier this year he decided to put his talents to a good cause.

He has now raised around £3,150 for national epilepsy charity Fable after taking part in numerous marathons and other personal challenges.

Alan, whose 21-year-old daughter Vikki has epilepsy, said: “I do a lot of running and I just thought I would rather put it to good use.

“My daughter, Vikki, is one of the reasons why I chose Fable. She’s had epilepsy since she was about nine. This makes it kind of personal and close to my heart.

“Vikki is on medication and it controls it but it’s not nice to see and I feel sorry she has to go through it. It’s hard. “Fable helps improve the lives of people with epilepsy and helps to raise awareness of it.”

So far this year Alan has taken part in the Gurkha Half Marathon in Salisbury, the Swindon Half Marathon and the London Mud Run Back To The Trenches.

At the end of December he will take part in the muddy assault course Seven Sins Challenge in Gloucester, and he will also take part in the Winter Solstice Run on December 21 and a Santa Dash.

For some of his challenges he took part wearing only his Speedos, helping to rack up the sponsorship money.

“The Swindon Marathon went really well.”

Alan has been surprised by the amount of support he has received already.

He said: “I never expected to raise that amount. It’s surprising how much people have given, especially at this time of year and at the moment.

“I feel overwhelmed because it makes you realise how many supporters you have got.”

To donate visit one of Alan’s Just Giving pages at www.justgiving. com/alan-butler1, www.justgiving. com/alan-butler2 or www.justgiving.com/alan-butler3

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