Marathon effort from Rob

Rob Young SUS-141015-142958001
Rob Young SUS-141015-142958001

An intrepid fundraiser will be running the Beachy Head Marathon on October 25 as just one of 357 26-mile races he intends to complete in 365 days.

Rob Young aims to run at least one marathon a day for a year to raise funds for his chosen charities: Dreams Come True and the NSPCC.

The 31-year-old, a former British Army soldier, said he is driven to complete the challenge for children’s charities by his own difficult experiences as a child.

This goal will see him running nearly 10,000 miles in the year, which is almost the equivalent of a flight from London Heathrow to Sydney, Australia.

The man now known as MarathonManUK is impressively getting through the miles around a full-time job and life with a young family.

Rob, who lives in Richmond, represented Great Britain in Junior Biathlon and Triathlon during his youth, but had never run a marathon before.

While watching this year’s London Marathon, Rob was moved by the emotional fundraising stories.

His fiancée, Joanna, bet him that he couldn’t run a marathon. The bet escalated to 50 consecutive marathons, which Rob has since achieved and he’s now attempting to run more marathons than the current World Record holder.

Rob said, “Pushing myself on a daily basis and raising money for charity is a dream come true for me. I had a difficult childhood and do not want other children to have a similar experience to me.”

You can donate here: http://k.virginmoneygiving.com/runfordreamscometrueandnspcc

Beachy Head Marathon starts at 9am from Bede’s School, Dukes Drive. The 26.2-mile race covers 300 steps and 14 gates, passing through Jevington, Alfriston, Litlington, Friston Forest and the Cuckmere Valley.

This year’s official charities are Eastbourne and District Mencap, St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Run 4 Cancer. To enter visit www.beachyheadmarathon.co.uk.