About 365 Marathon Man
Ben is 47 years old, and lives in West Malling with the awesome Linda and two lovely daughters, Megan & Caitlin.
He did a bit of running in the early 2000’s when Linda got him into it because she ran – he got fed up just holding her kit at all the races on Sundays and thought he might as well give it a try as well – and then also did some triathlons in the mid-2000’s. However from about 2008 onwards he slipped into middle age “comfort” and did very little exercise apart from the right hand thumb on the remote control buttons.
Deciding that this was a challenge he would do, in late 2015 he started going running again and got himself ready for the start of the challenge in April 2016…
About The Challenge
He made no excuses for it, the “365MarathonMan challenge” was all about how much money he could raise for two amazing charities in a year..!
So, Ben ran 9,563 miles over the 12 months, 365 daily marathons, to raise money. His goal was to raise as much money as possible for Pilgrims Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support, in the year.
Bens “reason” for doing this challenge was that his stepfather Doug, who had been battling kidney cancer for 3 years, finally lost his battle with the disease in November 2015…
Now you could argue that the family were lucky to have an extra two and a half years with him as he was given just 6 months at the start. However, no matter how long you have to get used to the facts, it still hurts incredibly when someone you love has to go through such a horrible journey, with only one outcome…
Any time he told people what he was doing, he got asked why he was doing this crazy challenge..?
The Pilgrims Hospice was just amazing with Doug & his Mum during this time, and he wanted to do something to give back.
Is it to thank the amazing staff at the Pilgrims Hospice who looked after Doug? Is it to challenge himself to the point of breaking, “just” to see if he can do it? Is it a mid-life crisis?
It was probably a bit of all the above, but no matter what, it is going to be an EPIC year..!
Thanks for following the “365MarathonMan” challenge, and thanks for sharing it with anyone that you know, especially if they are into running or have been affected by this horrible disease, that we WILL beat, called cancer.
With regard to the daily running, this is not a “record attempt” or a “challenge to beat others”. It is a personal feat of endurance to put himself through physical and mental hardship for a year to raise money for charity. There were days that had challenges with illness, and there were family & work commitments that meant Ben was unable to complete the full 26.2miles in one day. But there were other days where he did more than the marathon distance. As you will see Bens goal is to run 9,563 miles in 365 days. Most of those were a “marathon a day”, in full, in one go. But hewasn’t too precious when some days he couldn’t do it and other days he made up for it…. ;o))
About The Charities
Provide specialist care to patients and families across East Kent. Their vision is that everyone should have access to the services they need to cope with illness that cannot be cured and make the best of the time that they have.
Macmillan Cancer Support
“No one facing cancer should walk alone”. Because they know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything, they are there to support and help people take back control of their lives. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who will listen if you just want to talk, they are there.