AN ASDA manager is marking his retirement by running and cycling to every store in the county he has worked at in his 36-year career.

Darren Evans, from Brighton, plans to cover 106 miles in a single day as he shoots from one Sussex store to the next.

The 53-year-old Brighton Marina superstore manager will wake up at 6am on July 30 and visit all the shops he has worked at across Sussex, covering Crawley, St Leonards and Eastbourne, before crossing the finish line in Brighton in time for supper.

Darren has spent his entire adult life with Asda. He started at 17 and his career has seen him work at stores across the south east, and before he retires he plans to visit all of them to say goodbye.

He’s also hoping to raise money for charity.

Darren said: “It’s a tough challenge, but with everything that is going on at the moment, I felt it needed to be extreme for people to put their hands in their pockets.

“It will be great going back to my old stores and a great way to leave Asda. I have met a lot of wonderful people over 36 years and Asda has been such a big part of my life since I was a 17-year-old trainee butcher at the High Wycombe store in 1983.”

Darren is raising money for the WOLO Foundation, a charity that offers help to families affected by cancer, and the mental health charity Sport in Mind.

He is hoping to have collections in the stores en route, and so far he has raised £1,100 of his £5,000 target. On the final lap, Darren will be joined by his young son Alfie.

He said: “I’ve really enjoyed my career with Asda, but now it is time to move on and spend time with family and friends and being me.”

He also offered some parting advice: “Time flies so quickly so make every minute count. Don’t wait to fulfil your dreams.”

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