Brentwood man completes 12 Marathon Challenge supporting local hospice charity

A man from Brentwood has completed 12 marathons in 12 months in support of Havens Hospices.

At the start of 2020 Nick Russen, now 61, set himself a challenge to complete 12 marathons in 12 months, each one under four hours to raise money for Havens Hospices.

After a turbulent year of marathon cancellations due to the pandemic, injuries and contracting Covid-19 back in November, Nick completed his last marathon on 31st December around Billericay and Brentwood.

Nick managed to complete the marathons mainly in the UK, with some in Spain and France, with most being virtual due to the pandemic.

He has so far raised around £3,000 which will help the charity continue to care for adults, children and their families living with a complex or incurable condition.

Nick said: “Inspired by the many organisers, group leaders and runners, initially at the Thorndon Running Club and more recently at London City Runners, I have finally cracked running four hour marathons at an age that I guess slightly surprises me.”

“To do something useful with this rather personal achievement I decided to run 12 marathons in each of the 12 months of 2020, all in under four hours to raise money for the fantastic Havens Hospices. I have always supported the approach taken by hospices and felt that if I was going to raise money then I would support a local worthwhile hospice. I have also attended a number of local fundraising events where Havens Hospices have been represented and always felt the people involved were excellent.”

“Although it wasn’t completely plain sailing with the pandemic changing plans to virtual marathons, contracting Covid-19 and picking up some injuries along the way I still carried on after I recovered, completing my challenge while still having the chance to run in some beautiful places. Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way and to everyone who donated, I couldn’t have done it without you.”

Jane Hopkins, Voluntary Income Team Leader at Havens Hospices said, “We are thrilled and so thankful to Nick for completing his 12 Marathon challenge in aid of Havens Hospices. Every pound he has raised will make such a difference to everyone we care for living with a complex or incurable condition.”

“We must raise over £81,000 each week to be there for everyone who needs us. Our hospice care can only exist because of the support and generosity from people like Nick who help us continue ‘Making every day count’ for everyone we care for.”

To support Havens Hospices continue its mission of ‘Making every day count’ for everyone they care for, visit


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