Dad-of-two Nick Inglis ran around the deserted streets dressed as a unicorn – to celebrate running at least a mile every day for 366 days.
The 43-year-old wore the unicorn headband and wings for the final mile of his epic charity challenge after agreeing to a friend’s fundraising pledge.
In total, he has run 730 miles over the calendar year – which included an extra ‘leap year’ day on February 29 – and has raised more than £1,000 for North Staffs Mind.
Nick said it had been difficult to complete the 366 days, especially with concerns over the lockdown as his fundraising reached its conclusion.
He added: “It’s been tough at times, trying to juggle work, uni and home life. The most difficult bit was when I’ve had something on or I’ve come back late and I’ve had to run with a bag, coat and normal clothes.
“With Covid-19, I was worried we’d get put in full lockdown and I wouldn’t be able to get out. I had a route around the garden planned but, thankfully, that wasn’t the case.
“I was always confident I would complete it, but I had a few injuries along the way which hampered me.
“I’m so happy to finish it. A few people thought I wouldn’t go the whole year.”
Nick, from Trentham, was inspired to undertake the challenge after several members of his running club, Go! Team, suffered the loss of loved-ones due to mental health issues.
Many members of the club hoped to join him on his final run to celebrate – but were unable to because of the lockdown.
Nick said: “For my final run, I had to wear a unicorn outfit due to a generous donation from my mate Paul, but I’m disappointed I couldn’t complete my final run with friends as planned.
“It isn’t how I wanted it to end. I should have been with a few friends on a run and having a few beers in Bod, so I’m a bit gutted about that.
“I’d also like to thank my family, especially my girls who put up with me while I was doing this, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and things like that.
“The motivation was raising money for North Staffs Mind, but the support to keep going came from friends, the running club and family as well as ‘kudos’ on the running app Strava and likes on Twitter from people I’ve never met.”
Nick, who works for Stafford-based Entrust Property Services, has carried on running since completing his challenge.
He added: “With what’s happening, I’m going to carry on, maybe not every day, but I need to keep going for my own mental health.
“I’m definitely fitter and have lost a few pounds. I’ve managed a few personal bests along the way as well which is a bonus.”
To sponsor Nick, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/365daysformind.