A CROHN'S sufferer is determined to put the pain to one side as he will trek and run 100km to raise awareness of the disease.

Rhyan Wilcox, of New Tredegar, was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in February 2016, two years ago, after spending the summer in crippling pain.

Crohn's Disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease which can cause abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fever, and weight loss.

The 32-year-old has said he has spent the past two years since his diagnosis coming to terms with the effects of the disease.

"On bad days the pain can be excruciating," he said.

"I once stayed away in Doncaster on business, from around 3am through to 9.30am I remember being on the bathroom floor crying in pain so much that I was vomiting, I was away from home and all I could do was let the pain pass and hope that I would be okay."

Mr Wilcox said that those close to him are understanding that he may have to cancel on plans due to a flare up and pain, but that he wants to raise more awareness of the disease to those who are less aware.

The 32-year-old will be tackling the 100km Wye Valley Challenge this August and will travel for two days. He is aiming to raise as much money for Crohns and Colitis UK after donations surpassed his target of £1,000.

"My attitude is to go out there and help in whatever way I can," said Mr Wilcox.

"For me, this year is about raising awareness and money for research medicine and a cure, to help me and the 300,000 unfortunate people managing this awful condition.

"I will start by taking on the 100km challenge which is part of the ultra-challenge series for 2018. Trekking for two days will be a tough challenge by anyone's standards."

Mr Wilcox has his own JustGiving page. To donate visit, .justgiving.com/fundraising/rhyan-wilcox3