AN 32-YEAR-OLD father-of-two is running three marathons over three weekends to raise cash for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Children with Leukaemia.
Simon Poppitt-Jones, of Whitley Road, will warm up with the Taunton Marathon in Somerset on April 3, followed by the Brighton Marathon just a week later and finally the London Marathon on April 17.
Simon ran his first ever marathon in 2009 and has also taken part in half-marathons and two triathlons. However, this year he has decided to push himself even further in a bid to raise £5,000 for the charities.
Completing the three marathons will be a huge achievement for Simon, because in 2001 he was badly injured in a car accident and spent many months building up the strength to be able to walk again.
Simon, who works for the Job Centre in Lewes and is a part-time barman at the Merrie Harriers in Cowbeech, said, “I put on weight after the car accident and was unfit too.
“I started running when I had a bet with my manager to try and lose weight - I guess I had put on about three stone.
“Then I woke up one morning and saw the London Marathon and thought I could do that.”
Simon has been training for his three marathon challenge for many months but is hoping to step up his running to between 50 and 60 miles per week as the races draw closer.
Juggling two jobs and a busy family life means Simon can often be seen pounding the streets of Eastbourne as early as 5am.
He told the Herald he was looking forward to the challenge but added, “They say running is a mental sport, so I must be insane.
“I know the effort involved in preparing just for one marathon so three really is a challenge and I know it’s going to hurt, but the difference that the money I raise will bring to these two charities is beyond words.
“My pain will benefit others.”
To sponsor Simon visit his Virgin Money Giving page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SimonPoppitt-Jones.
Simon is also looking for businesses to sponsor him in exchange for having their logo printed on his t-shirt. Any businesses interested in supporting Simon should call 07826856006.