ONE of Bradford Bulls' best players of the Super League era is running a unique ultra marathon around London in order to fundraise for sports and mentoring charity Greenhouse Sports on March 5.

Prop and second-row Jamie Peacock won three Super League titles and two Challenge Cups with Bulls between 1998 and 2005, as well as a pair of World Club Challenge crowns.

He went on to win multiple titles with Leeds Rhinos after leaving the Bulls, and is widely regarded as one of the best homegrown players in Super League history.

He also spent over a decade playing for England and Great Britain, and earned a spot in John Kear's side at the 2000 World Cup.

In retirement, the 43-year-old has become a widely-respected pundit, but that is not all.

He has created a new 30-day well-being programme, based around people making small, gradual changes to their daily routine to help them with any mental health struggles.

And he also runs ultra-marathons. Having braved Storm Alex to run one in Devon last October to raise money for former teammate and motor neurone disease sufferer Rob Burrow, he was due to take on the Green Man Ultra Marathon in March, but it has been postponed as a result of Covid-19.

But Peacock was still keen to run the 45 miles and raise money, so is coming up with a unique route around London which will start and finish at the Greenhouse Centre and run past various schools that participate in the programme.

He's aiming to raise £30,000, which will pay for a Greenhouse coach full time for a year.

Greenhouse Sports use a unique combination of mentoring and sport to help young people living in poverty reach their full potential, both at school and then into employment.

Currently there are four million children in the UK living in poverty, and these children’s circumstances are impacted more by Covid-19, with worse mental health outcomes, academic outcomes and employment prospects.

Greenhouse Sports work in schools where at least 67 per cent of pupils live in areas of high deprivation.

Talking about why he wanted to help out and run this latest ultra-marathon, Peacock said: “Greenhouse is an amazing charity that uses sports coaching and mentoring as a vehicle to engage children, helps them meet friends and develop key life skills.

“Sport and activity is so important for children and Greenhouse offers quality coaching and support to children from some of the poorest parts of the UK.

“Given the social, economic and health impact of the multiple restrictions and lockdowns in the UK, Greenhouse coaches’ work in communities during 2021 will be more important than ever.

“Even though the official race has been postponed, I could not pass up an opportunity to fundraise for such an impactful organisation.

“It’s a long, but fun and inspirational route of the capital, via the Thames and through parks, going past some of the many schools Greenhouse supports across 17 London boroughs.

“I'll be checking by at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, which hopefully come October will showcase the best of international Rugby League as part of the 2021 World Cup in England.”