A former Cornish Pirates youth player will run 106 miles in aid of a mental health and suicide prevention charity.

Ben Durrant, who played up to Colts level and is the son of former player Bernard Durrant, will undertake the challenge on June 8.

Teaming up with fellow Royal Marine, Lewis, the pair aim to raise awareness and funds for issues often ignored - mental health and suicide prevention.

The GB Ultra Scotland challenge, consisting of a 106-mile run over 4611m of elevation, poses a steep climb both literally and metaphorically.

They will have 38 hours to complete this colossal task, an endeavour neither Ben nor Lewis have attempted before.

Lewis took to social media and said: "On Saturday, June 8, myself and Ben will be enduring a 106 mile run across 4611m of elevation in the hills of Scotland.

"With 38 hours to complete the challenge, this is way beyond anything we’ve done before.

"The reason we’ve decided to take on this event is to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention".

He continued: "The statistics surrounding suicide are truly devastating.

"It is a subject often ignored, yet has directly affected both Ben and myself, having both lost loved ones within recent years to suicide.

"By taking on this 106 mile event we hope to enact change and raise awareness surrounding mental health and suicide prevention."

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All funds raised will support the If U Care Share Foundation, working tirelessly to prevent suicide, support those affected and offer training to improve emotional and mental health.

The proceeds will challenge the current stigma surrounding mental health, underlining that "it’s ok not to be ok."

For more information about the fundraising challenge, visit www.letsdothis.com/gb/e/ultra-scotland-100-mile-189863.

To donate to the former Pirates' fundraiser, visit www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/100milesin38hours.