Coventry & Warwickshire

Kevin Sharpe from Warwickshire to run across America

An aeronautical engineer from Warwickshire is to run from the west coast to the east coast of America.

Kevin Sharpe, 30, from Nuneaton, will be running 3,100 miles and hopes to become the first British man to complete the challenge unaided.

Mr Sharpe has been training for 18 months and plans to complete the challenge in 95 days.

His only support on the route will be a pushchair, which will be carrying his equipment.

Mr Sharpe said: "I fancied a bit of an epic challenge and I also found that my running training had reached a bit of dull period.

"I'm just kind of built for this… I seem to be able to cope with these long distances without too much trouble."

Image caption Mr Sharpe said that he makes up silly songs and stories while he is running

He will leave on 7 July and plans to average around 35 miles a day, crossing the Rocky Mountains and passing Mount Rushmore and hopefully the White House.

Mr Sharpe trains every day of the week weight training, swimming and running 40 miles at a time.

Mr Sharpe is raising money for The National Autistic Society because of the work it has done to help his brother.

The Royal British Legion will also benefit as Mr and Mrs Sharpe as a few of their friends have been injured in the line of duty.

Mr Sharpe is self-funding the expedition and has had some sponsorship from local companies, but "nothing major".

He hopes to raise £25,000 and says that everything he raises will go to the charities.

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