HE is more accustomed to lifting weights and smashing into opposition players.
But now a Wrexham rugby league star to take on a completely new challenge.
North Wales Crusaders’ prop forward Jonny Walker is to run the York Marathon on Sunday in aid of Sheffield children’s hospice Bluebell Wood.
The 27-year-old will be joined by his dad, Jon senior, as they tackle the 26 mile course in the english town.
Jon senior, 46, recently completed an ironman competition and signed both himself and his son up for marathon a matter of months ago.
And Jonny junior explained how the bluebell Wood cause is one that is close to his heart.
“One of our close friends has a daughter who is battling through illness and at times it has been touch and go, so it is quite fitting that we’ve decided to do the run in aid of the children’s hospice”, he said.
“I’ve been hard at the training since the season finished. Obviously doing 20 mile runs is not ideal training for a prop forward so I couldn’t really start until the season ended, but I’m really into it now.
“My dad, with all these challenges, is either doing really well for his age, or he is really stupid!
"But seriously, it’s fantastic how he throws himself into the challenges.”
Jonny, who weighs in at 114kg, was part of the Championship One title winning Crusaders team in the triumphant 2013 campaign.
Crusaders’ club administrator Stephanie Hutchinson said: “Obviously Jonny is a big lad as a prop forward and not the ideal build for a marathon but he’s been training really hard for it. It is a big challenge fitness-wise for Jonny to get into shape and it certainly won’t do him any harm for the return to pre-season and the lion’s den fitness sessions in November!
“We as a club would like to wish both Jonny and his dad all the best of luck for Sunday and hopefully all Crusaders’ fans will get behind them both and support what is a brilliant cause for a wonderful charity.”
To donate to the two Jonny’s cause, visit www.justgiving. com/Jon-Walker5