Runner targets four races in four days — that’s 104 miles
HERNE BAY man James Bennett is running an incredible four marathons in four days to raise money to help the fight against babies dying in pregnancy and childbirth. He is confident of meeting his target but is aware of the scale of the task.
“It’s very daunting, especially when just one marathon is hard enough, so four consecutive days of marathons is a complete unknown,” he said. “I just ran the Brighton Marathon [on April 12] and my legs went around 20 miles, but I achieved a personal best of four hours, 32 mInutes and one second. The pain my legs will go through is going to be huge with running a total of 104.8 miles.”
James, 24, says he is not really a runner, but the rest of the population might take issue with that when he reveals his ultimate ambition.
“I just do it as a hobby and enjoy doing the marathon events because of the battle to run a huge distance — just achieving it once was an ultimate goal. Now I have run 13, a huge achievement for me, and it has always been my ambition to run the London Marathon. The atmosphere of these events keeps the desire to keep entering marathons and my ultimate aim and dream is to run 100 marathons.”
A happy side-effect of running so many marathons is that it does away with the need to train. He said:
“I do very little as I run marathons now on a regular basis. I’ve run seven this year already.”
Alongside the athletic challenge is the wish to support the Women And Children First charity. He said:
“I wanted to take on a huge challenge by running to take action against the unnecessary deaths of more than 250,000 women and three million new-born babies who die each year in pregnancy and childbirth, or soon afterwards, with the majority in Africa and south Asia. Women And Children First is a great charity with a big vision, but they need help to bring the vision to life. Giving birth is never easy, but for a woman in Asia or Africa it can be fatal. I want to help make a difference by helping women who might lack the knowledge or support in giving birth get the best support available, and stop mothers and babies dying needlessly. Just £2 pays for a women to have a safe delivery.”
James has helped set up a quiz night and raffle at G Casino Thanet in Westwood Cross in support of Women And Children First. Tickets for the event, on Tuesday, April 28, from 8pm-11pm, are priced at £15 and include a three-course set menu; £5 from each ticket goes to Women and Children First (UK). To book, phone Hayley on 01843 579999. Local organisations have donated to the raffle, while such celebrities as Zoe Wanamaker, Sir Chris Hoy and Al Murray have contributed signed items. Raffle tickets are £1 for a strip and there are more than 30 prizes to be won.
Herne Bay Times, April 22nd 2015