Fitness fantatic set to run marathon in aid of charity

Bohuslav Sosna with Kerry Budd at Quids In at Cosham
Bohuslav Sosna with Kerry Budd at Quids In at Cosham
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BY DAY, Bohuslav Sosna from Waterloo-ville works in a discount store. But before work, he is a fitness fanatic who runs a half- marathon each day.

The employee of Quids In, Cosham, is training for the London Marathon and will be using his powers of endurance to raise money for a young carers support network.

Bohuslav’s colleagues, Kerry Budd and Cath Mason, referred him to the Kids charity which serves Gosport and Fareham after a representative asked them if they knew anyone hoping to take part.

The triathlete, 36, is delighted to be raising money for what he believes to be a fantastic cause while doing what he loves.

He said: ‘I’m addicted, I have to do something every day!’

Bohuslav, 36, aims to set a personal best in the marathon, which takes place on April 24. His goal is to run the 26.2-mile course in less than three hours – and if he fails, it won’t be for lack of training.

The Portsmouth Triathletes member has been running a half-marathon almost every day before work and 100 miles once a week, forcing his wife Martina Sosna, 31, to endure his 4am alarm.

Bohuslav, who moved to Waterlooville from Slovakia nine years ago, most recently raced in the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside 32-mile ultra-run in December, after which Martina claimed she would never attend a race again.

But Bohuslav is hopeful that she will change her mind and support him next month for his first attempt at the London Marathon, a long-time ambition of his.

Bohuslav says he has been running since he was seven. ‘I had to stop when I was 21 when I got a plastic screw in my knee after too many miles.’

After his operation, it was only three months before Bohuslav was back in action with running, cycling and swimming.

He ran in sub-zero temperatures and through three feet of snow when he and Martina visited family in Slovakia recently.

His next challenge will be the July Iron Man challenge. ‘I hope my wife will let me do it again,’ he joked.

To sponsor Bohuslav call Kids on 01329 312 312 or email eventssouth@kids.org.uk.