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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ex-smoker and extreme marathon runner brings mammoth challenge to Liverpool

Ex-smoker and extreme marathon runner Rory Coleman's is bringing his extreme running challenge to Liverpool as part of Stoptober. As part of his challenge Rory is running through the city on Wednesday September 11 pushing the giant red Stoptober wheel from South Ferry Quay by Brunswick Dock, Liverpool Marina at 11.30am to St John's Shopping Centre at 12.30pm.

He will run a phenomenal 28 miles a day for 28 consecutive days to encourage others to follow his lead and quit smoking cigarettes. Stoptober is based on research that smokers are five times more likely to quit for good if they can quit for 28 days.

Last year thousands of people across Merseyside stopped smoking during Stoptober and Rory is hoping even more will see his 28 day challenge as inspiration for going four weeks smokefree. Rory said: "This is one of the biggest challenges I have ever taken on, but it was important for me to do something to support Stoptober.

"Twenty years ago I was a chain-smoking alcoholic who could barely run to the corner shop let alone a mile. "To see the difference that stopping smoking has made to my life has been overwhelming and I want more people to take the first initial steps to quitting. "I am really looking forward to running 28 miles around Liverpool and pushing the wheel with the help of local people to get people thinking about Stoptober."

Eileen Streets, director of tobacco control at Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: "It’s Stoptober and the message is we are all in this together. "What better motivator than knowing you are among hundreds of thousands of people across England trying to quit at the same time?

"I know quitting for 28 days may seem daunting to some smokers but try to take one day at a time and know that there is help for you if you need it." Dr Paula Grey, Director for Public Health for Liverpool said, "We want to help as many people as possible in Liverpool to quit. There is a wide range of support available.

"Our local stop smoking services (Fag Ends) are doing a great job in supporting people, and last year thousands of people successfully quit with their help.

"If you've been thinking about quitting, now is the time to do it. It isn't always an easy journey but with the support of friends, family, Stoptober resources and Fag Ends, everyone can help each other to reduce the number of smokers in Liverpool."

Rory's challenge will coincide with the national Stoptober roadshow that is taking place at St John's Shopping Centre on the same day. The roadshow is raising awareness of the campaign, distributing information and allowing people to sign up or show their support there and then.

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