A man from Pen Y Cae near Wrexham will be taking on his biggest ever challenge next year by walking across the entire continent of North America to raise money for Hope House children’s hospice.

Paul Edwards, a marathon and ultramarathon runner, will be journeying around 3,000 miles over six months in January 2023 solo and unsupported.

The challenge, which will begin on the Pacific Coast in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, and end at the Atlantic Coast in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is completely self-funded.

The National Wales: Paul EdwardsPaul Edwards

The 56-year-old has begun his training and says he has become a common site on the local roads and mountains in the Penycae area, describing it as a “great boost” when people wave and beep as they pass.

He even raises money for the community, having walked 55 miles Old Trafford Stadium Manchester to the Cross Foxes in Pen Y Cae to raise funds for the local community centre just two weeks ago.

Paul has been running to fundraise for local charities for two decades and in the last few years has focussed on Hope House, and this challenge will be his fourth one solo and unsupported.

He explained: “My reason for choosing the Hope House children’s hospice is, although I don't have any children myself, I believe that when you have a poorly child or young adult, it must be the worst pain you can experience.

“I have seen the wonderful work done by the hospice staff both for the children and their families, the care given to the families is unconditional, it's there for as long as it's needed. I think all who work there are wonderful.”

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Some of Paul’s challenges are well-known. Last year he walked 971 miles John O'Groats at the most North East tip of mainland Britain to Land's End at the most South West tip of mainland Britain. The trek is known as the End to End or, in this direction, JOGLE (John O'Groats-Lands End) and he raised £16,000.

The dedicated Wrexham fan decided to make the challenge more interesting by wearing a costume in honour of Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney taking over the club and altering the route so he could walk past the Racecourse on the journey.

The National Wales: Paul Edwards as DeadpoolPaul Edwards as Deadpool

To his amazement, whilst at the Racecourse, the film crew from the Wrexham AFC documentary came to film and do an interview with him.

Paul has run over 100 marathons and ultramarathons on all types of terrain from mountains to deserts to athletic tracks and in Australia, Europe, and Africa.

On this challenge, Paul said: “I would like to raise about £15,000 if possible. I will be getting t-shirts printed for the challenge with the challenge details, the Hope House logo also, and the logos of companies who donate a certain amount, printed on them.

“The t-shirts will be worn throughout the journey and will be seen by all media on the way. The pet stroller I'm taking for the journey to carry the equipment will also have sponsor logos.”

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