A Haringey father will be running 100km in the Comrades Marathon in South Africa this summer.

Simon Heale will run across Africa and donate the money he raises to Haringey Shed.

He said: “I’ll be joining 18,000 other crazies to run the greatest ultra-marathon, the Comrades Marathon. It is a 56 mile run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, South Africa.”

The race is the world’s oldest ultra marathon, and was founded in 1921 by Vic Clapham to celebrate the friendship of soldiers in the aftermath of the First World War.

Heale said: “The story behind the marathon is a real inspiration, as are the people of Haringey Shed, for whom I’m running the 56 miles.”

Haringey Shed work to teach local children drama, music and moment skills, and hold weekly workshops at the Irish Centre on Pretoria Road.