A DUNFERMLINE dad is bringing smiles to children's faces in lockdown by pounding the streets as Spiderman.

Dave Roper, 36, has gained quite a social media following as the 'Duloch Spiderman' and now countless kids wave and cheer for him as he runs past their homes on his daily run.

The finance worker is following government instructions to only leave your home once a day but is making the most of the time by improving his fitness and injecting some fun on the way.

As well as cheering up the community, the ex-soldier is fundraising for Calaiswood School where his autistic son, Liam, attends.

He told the Press: “The response has just been fantastic!

“I posted on our local community page that I would be running and there was so many shares and comments!

“I wasn’t planning to fundraise, I was just doing my daily exercise, but over £400 has been raised so far and it’s absolutely incredible!”

The father-of-two has been bombarded with messages since he set up the 'Duloch Spiderman' where the community post their videos and photos of Dave pounding the streets.

It’s not the first time he’s taken on a wacky fundraising challenge though – Dave, who served with the Princess of Wales Regiment, also holds two Guinness World Records for running the fastest marathon dressed as a stormtrooper and the fastest half marathon in full motorbike leathers.

He added: “I’m posting what route I’ll be doing the night before and so far I've been round Duloch, Abbeyview and Halbeath.

“But I want to cover as many places as possible!

“I’ve never really liked running but putting a costume on makes it much better!

“I never thought I’d have such a following as this – I just wanted to put some smiles on faces.

“Someone in Dundee has even contacted me to say I’ve inspired them to do the same there.

“The community spirit in Duloch is fantastic at the minute and its great to see so many people cheering me on from their windows and doors!”

If you would like to donate, search 'Duloch spiderman' on www.gofundme.com

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