A MAN who won a TV travel challenge says he feels overwhelmed by the support he has received after raising more than £15,000 for charity by running 200km during Ramadan.

Emon Choudhury, who won BBC Two's Race Across the World last year, is looking to raise £100,000 to build a school for disadvantaged children in Nepal.

He completed 200k during Ramadan, completing his fundraising feat last Wednesday night, which kicked off his latest charity project. His fundraising target stood at £15,460 and rising yesterday.

It was the first fundraising event he will hold between now and October 3 when he takes part in this year's London Marathon.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Emon, 37, of Saltaire, completed the 200k challenge by doing separate runs of between 5km and 10km each day, which included going along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath between Saltaire and Bingley.

He also kept to Ramadan requirements of fasting during the day and completed each of his runs from around 6pm each day.

Emon says the month-long challenge was tough both mentally and physically, but he has lost more than a stone from doing it.

He said: "I'm really overwhelmed by how much has been raised, to be honest.

I didn't think I could generate so much support. I had messages from people that were inspiring. It helped to get me through it

"I'm going to carry on training and do the Park Run at Lister Park when they start up again.

"I feel good. I feel relieved, it's been a long, hard slog.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

"Some days it has been chucking it down. I was doing all of my prayers during Ramadan and managed to get each day's run in, it was a tight schedule.

"I did struggle at first with then running a bit bit, but I got used to it. The longest run I did on one of the days was 13km. That's the longest run I've ever done in my whole life.

"I did 6-7k runs most days. I could have done the 200k in 20 days, but I wanted to keep it going.

For the first five days of the challenge, my legs were aching and I was struggling to recover. Then I started getting used to it

Emon, who confessed he had not run regularly before taking up this test, live streamed each day's run during the challenge on his social media accounts.

He says he wants to inspire others to take up running as a way to keep fit and to boost their mental health. He has also invited people to join him on his daily runs during his challenge.

Emon says he wants to leave a legacy by raising funds to build a school in Nepal and is working alongside Bradford-based charity Orphans in Need on the project.

Emon and his nephew Jamiul Choudhury, who also joined him on one of his Ramadan run days, shot to fame on the BBC Two show after they travelled 15,000 miles from Mexico City to Ushuaia in Argentina, the world's most southerly city, without flights, phones, the internet or bank cards.

They defeated four other pairs and took the crown by just 20 seconds.

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