THE triumphant smile on the face of a man who just completed a gruelling challenge says it all ...

Paul Gladwell from Diggle succeeded at the Virtual Spine, running 268 miles in an endurance race raising more than £1,000 for Doctor Kershaw’s.

He said: “Thanks to everyone who sponsored me during January. I am so pleased to have completed the Virtual Spine, running those miles with 40,000 feet of uphill climb.”

And the dedicated senior school professional promised: “This is my 50th year there will be more to follow for this very worthwhile charity. Thank you all again...”

Paul, assistant principle at Silver Springs Primary Academy, Stalybridge, covered the miles at 5.30am before work and at weekends.

Said his proud wife, Ali, mother of three, said: “He works so hard (at work) and has done since this all began but wanted to do something to support Dr Kershaw's and he loves running.

“The Spine had to be cancelled this year and is an Endurance Race that is 268 miles along the Pennines Way and crosses over the moors near Brunclough.

“In truth, Paul had never done it but we have been to cheer on competitors, ” she added.

He was accompanied on his daily task with the family pet dog, Barney.