A man is running almost 300 miles within ten days from one seaside town to another in memory of a friend who took his own life.

Oliver Gooch began his arduous challenge from Blackpool Tower on Friday, November 10, and is hoping to arrive at Brighton Palace Pier this Sunday.

The 33-year-old has upped the stakes having previously run 10km a day for a month last November in memory of his friend Callum Fyall who died aged 27 in 2019.

Oliver is running more than 280 miles in total and staying in a campervan and hotels along the route.

The Argus: Oliver is running more than 280 miles in totalOliver is running more than 280 miles in total (Image: Supplied)

Speaking to The Argus after day four on Monday, Oliver said: “The logistics are a bit of a nightmare running from Blackpool to Brighton. It is tough to get into a rhythm and flow. I am currently on a busy A-road. Sometimes the pavement just disappears.

“I’m hoping to get to London for Thursday. I’m doing it for Movember for men’s mental health. I ran 10km a day in memory of my friend Callum who took his life. I’m doing it in his memory but also in a wider sense as well to support all men’s mental health.

“I have done a lot of work myself over the last year, I have not drunk and am part of a men’s group in Brighton. All in all, it’s to raise awareness and funds.

“My foot and shin are sore, I’m in quite a bit of pain overall. I can walk so I can just keep moving if I have to.”

The Argus: Oliver and his friend Callum on their way to a Blackpool FC matchOliver and his friend Callum on their way to a Blackpool FC match (Image: Oliver Gooch)

Oliver started from Blackpool where he is originally from and ran to Preston. He then went from Preston to Wigan, then Knutsford.

On Monday he was approaching Tamworth near Birmingham. For more information on Oliver’s challenge, visit his fundraising page. https://movember.com/m/15041868?mc=1

His fiancee Carys Davies is driving the campervan along the route to pick him up.

Oliver is well-aware of another challenge by Russ Cook, from Worthing, known as Hardest Geezer on YouTube, who is mid-way through his challenge to become the first ever person to run the entire length of Africa.

Oliver was hoping to raise £1,000 for Movember but has already raised more than £1,300.