Amanda has gained some celebrity backing

Paul Thomas, front, with organiser Amanda Morris, at 'Get Whacky at the Track' at Spring Hall Athletics Track.
Paul Thomas, front, with organiser Amanda Morris, at 'Get Whacky at the Track' at Spring Hall Athletics Track.

Runners got whacky at the track to help raise funds for the Stroke Association.

The event was part of Amanda Morris’s 40 challenges before she is 40 to raise money for the charity which help her best friend Paul Thomas who lives in Highroad Well, Halifax.

Paul had a stroke in December last year, at the age of 36.

Now the mum of two is hoping to do 40 challenges before she turns 40 in January 2014 and one them included doing 40 laps at Spring Hall Athletics Track, Halifax.

The group did the laps in 40 different styles which included walking, running, skipping, hopping, roller skating, fancy dress and skateboarding.

Amanda who lives at Well Head, Halifax, said: “The idea was to get as many people down to help with this and we turned the day into a school sports day.

“It was great to see so many people down to support and we also had support from a couple of local businesses. I approached Matalan who were only too happy to help by loaning us a trolley and North Bridge Leisure Centre who loaned us the roller skates.”

The 39-year-old’s next challenge is to run 40km over four consecutive days. The last 10km will be running the Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10k on July 14.

“We are then holding an event in Leeds city centre on August 10 which is a 40 pub, pub crawl.”

Some of the events that have already taken place are swimming 40 lengths, fasting for 40 hours and a over five days Amanda rowed on a rowing machine for 40 minutes each day.