Raoul Monks, of St Ives Road, Houghton, says he intends to complete the ultra marathon on Easter Sunday, April 20, as preparation for an even longer run in memory of his friend Christian Appleby who died two years ago. I used to run a lot but about seven or eight years ago I had kids and didnt run for ages, said the 35-year-old father of two. I picked up my running shoes eight months ago and did an ultra marathon which is anything over a marathon distance. I did the Royal Parks 50k in London, came second in that and got a bit of a bug for it. Mr Monks, who owns a sales training company, completed 50k in three hours, 35 minutes and will use the Houghton-Hemingfords-St Ives loop as training for a 100k run in May. I put my name down for the London to Brighton 100k, he continued. Ive never been over 31 miles, so its all slightly new for me but its in a very good cause. Mr Monks is raising funds for Crohns and Colitis UK after his pal suffered from Crohns disease, a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system. To help boost funds, there will be a raffle, a guess the finishing time competition and more in the village square outside the Three Horseshoes pub. And Mr Monks said he would welcome anyone to join him for part or all of the run, which will start outside the Three Horseshoes at 11am on April 20. Im hoping as many people come along as possible, he said. Id love people to join me, be it for the first lap, the last lap, 100m or all six laps, even if its on a bike. INFORMATION: To support Mr Monks, visit www.justgiving.com\/Raoul-Monks-Christian-Appleby.