Academy pupils got their running shoes on today (October 6) to join a man attempting to complete 10 marathons in five days.

Ultra-runner Adam Holland has run 262 miles across the country since Sunday to raise money for education charity Oasis, and has visited the group’s 47 academies throughout the UK to talk about his remarkable mission.

Starting his final day at 6.45am this morning, by the afternoon Mr Holland, a factory worker from Newark, was speaking to students in Oasis Academy Enfield, having run alongside them for a few miles on the latest leg of his journey.

After starting at the Humber Bridge, the 29-year-old said his journey to London had been an “unforgettable” experience.

He said: “I have done other things of similar lengths, back to back marathons on the same day, but nothing like this, it’s completely different.

“The last four and a half days have been amazing, I have been really grateful for the weather, my team behind me have been great.

“Originally I wasn’t the person who was going to be doing this, but they got injured, so the charity got hold of me. Once I heard about it I could not say no, they are a fantastic charity. To get to go around all the different schools has been amazing.

“The kids from Enfield were very hyper, ready to go, and apparently there’s pizza, so they were running even faster.”

Mr. Holland has other extraordinary feats planned for the future – he is now set to be the sole ultra-runner completing a 100km run each day for 10 days for another charity, then intends to try and break the world record for the fastest man to run 10 marathons in 10 days.

Neil Hassell, head teacher at Oasis Academy Enfield, said: “This is really important to us on two fronts, for us fundraising is an important part of what we do, we are always raising money for our partner schools in Uganda and Kyrgyzstan, and for the local community.

“Sport is very popular here, our students enjoy taking part. Today is a chance for some of our really good runners to show what they can do and meet an elite marathon runner.”

To support Adam’s efforts, go to, or text runn11 £5 to 70070.