A FORMER boxer from Flintshire ran from Flint to Mold and back - dressed as the incredible Hulk - to raise funds and awareness of mental health issues.

Ian Aldridge, from Flint, did the challenge in aid of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and has raised over £800 for the mental health support charity.

The 43-year-old former boxer, who had more than 100 fights in his career, now coaches at Llay Boxing Club and says he has been touched by some of the stories he's heard there.

Ian, a father-of-one, said: "I think mental health is still very much a taboo subject - particularly among men.

"I know people who have attempted to end their life and it's just so important to let people know that it is ok to not be ok, and that there are so many people out there willing to listen.

"The pandemic has been tough on everyone, but has been particularly tough for some people. This is why it's so important to raise awareness of charities like CALM - who provide such an important, often life-saving, service."

Starting the challenge in his home town of Flint, Ian stayed true to his boxing roots - doing three minutes on boxing pads before setting off on his run to Mold, and then three minutes on them when he returned to Flint.

Ian completed the 12 mile distance from Flint to Mold and back in just under an hour-and-a-half in sweltering conditions on Friday.

The challenge was also inspired by fellow Llay boxing coach and friend, Carl Mather, who ran 24 miles in 24 hours in aid of CALM in March.

To donate to the fundraiser, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-aldridge5?

The Leader: Ian with son, Evan, and fellow boxing coach, Carl Mather.Ian with son, Evan, and fellow boxing coach, Carl Mather.