‘I’M GONNA BE’ by the Proclaimers is probably one of the most famous songs in the world, but it isn’t every day that someone takes its lyrics literally.

However, Danny Bates, from Basingstoke, set himself a challenge this year to run 500 miles in a host of registered races.

Danny was inspired to run 500 miles for in the memory of his partner Rachel Walker, who lost her battle with cancer, after remembering the time they both enjoyed The Proclaimers headlining at Cropredy Folk Festival in 2015.

Danny has now completed 36 runs, and a total of 501.5 miles, and finished his last registered race on Sunday, 17 December in Portsmouth.

In his challenge, Danny was raising money for CLIC Sargent and Teenage Cancer Trust, two charities which supported Rachel during her battle.

He said: “Rachel meant an incredible amount to me, our families and our friends. Together, we have accumulated many happy memories with Rachel, which is a testament to her loving, caring and witty character.

“Running this year has helped me cope with the loss of Rachel, as well as recall memories of the many good times we had spent together.

“Many of my runs had been in places we’d created memories, whether it was during one of our walks around Alice Holt, day trips to Portsmouth, or hiring a beach hut in Bournemouth as part of Rachel’s Make a Wish.”

So far Danny has raised more than £10,000 with funds still coming in.

CLIC Sargent fundraising engagement manager, Liz Blunt said: “What Danny has done is an amazing achievement and fantastic lasting tribute to Rachel.

To think that Danny has run the equivalent of over 19 marathons this year is staggering.

“For Danny and Rachel’s friends and family to take part in the challenge as well is wonderful and really touching. The money Danny has raised for CLIC Sargent, will make a significant difference in how we can support families at such a tough time in their lives.”

To donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search for “500 miles for Rachel”

and “Danny Bates”.