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Rob Pope is “going the distance”.

British vet Rob Pope is on a mission to complete a Forrest Gump-like run back and forth across the US to raise charity funds.

The experienced marathon runner set off from Mobile, Alabama in September and doesn’t intend to stop until he reaches the Pacific Ocean pier in Santa Monica, California – 2,200 miles, or 84 marathons, away.

‘I guess, I just felt like running…’

Then, finances permitting, just like Tom Hanks’ famous film character, Mr Pope intends to turn around and do it all again.

Mr Pope, who was working as a locum for Vets4Pets and Medivet when he left on his trans-US challenge, has completed just more than 1,300 miles in 44 days – running more a than a marathon each day.

The 38-year-old Liverpudlian is raising money for the World Wildlife Fund and Peace Direct.

Keen habit

No beginner marathon runner, Mr Pope was crowned Australian Marathon Champion in 2015, won the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in the same year and ran a personal best of 2:27:57 at the London Marathon in 2014.

He is supported by his girlfriend Nadine, who is acting as driver, chef, psychologist and logistics manager, and hopes to reach California by early December.

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