A local Essex man is completing a bootcamp session every day in preparation for the London and Brighton marathons, as part of his latest fundraising challenge for Havens Hospices.
Ian Ramsay, 50, from Leigh is completing 10 exercises each day and repeating them 50 times, totalling 500 per day. He will continue this for 100 days in the lead up to the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 17th April and London Marathon on Sunday 24th April, completing 50,000 in total.
This will be Ian’s 29th and 30th marathons for Havens Hospices and he will be joined by his 23-year-old daughter, Lottie, in London as she takes on her first marathon.
Ian, who has so far completed 80 days and 40,000 reps, said,
“My last challenge was to run 2,000 miles in 20 weeks and I have been looking for a new challenge ever since. I am a passionate supporter of Havens Hospices and this will be my 10th year of running for them.
“The challenge has really helped boost my fundraising because after 10 years you really need to find something that will grab people’s attention! I seem to be picking up more injuries these days but fingers crossed the last few weeks have gone well training wise so hopefully I can complete the challenge in plenty of time before Brighton.
“I am already thinking about my next challenge which is to run Hadrian’s Wall both ways by running a marathon distance each day for a week. This will be a bit of a logistical nightmare so it is still in the planning stages!
“It will be really good to have Lottie running with me for Havens this year too. She has been working really hard in training. It is a bit daunting to be running your first marathon but she is very determined so I think she will do brilliantly.
“I think the key to getting through any challenge like this is to always remember who you are doing it for and why. Running for Havens Hospices is always inspirational and gets you across the line.”
Havens Hospices incorporates Fair Havens for adults and Little Havens for children, the registered charity provides respite, symptom management and end of life care to seriously ill adults and children across Essex.
Judy Grocott, Events Fundraiser at Havens Hospices says,
“Ian has been a loyal supporter of the charity for many years and is always looking for a new challenge to get stuck into. What he’s doing is fantastic and no mean feat – I’d rather him than me! We’ll all be there cheering him and Lottie on come marathon day and they’ll both be ‘Making every day count’ for those we care for.”
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