MANY would throw a party to celebrate turning 50.
But not John Kinchen.
The 49-year-old has shunned cake and presents, and has instead chosen to raise money for the Rowans Hospice, in Purbrook – by running 12 marathons in 12 months.
It will see him visit different cities across Europe to complete the challenge.
John, of South Leigh Grove, Hayling Island, said: ‘The Rowans is a cause that is close to my heart as I know family and friends have made use of the fantastic facilities there.
‘I like running and keeping fit, and I’ve always raised money for charity.
‘But it’s difficult to always ask for money, so I decided to do something bigger.
‘And I thought why don’t I run 12 marathons?’
IBM manager John will be turning 50 next August.
So far John has taken part in marathons in Somme and Brussels.
He will also be taking part in the second Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon in December.
‘For me it is all about the fundraising and setting myself a challenge,’ added John.
‘I have 10 marathons booked in so far, so I’m still looking for another two.
‘Rather than getting presents for my birthday, I would prefer people to donate the money to the Rowans. It’s much more beneficial to do that and will be more meaningful for me.
‘I have set myself a target of £2,000 – obviously I am grateful for any amount I get.
‘All the money raised will go to the hospice.’
John will also be running in Cognac, Saville, Naples, Rome, Brighton, Salzburg and Caen.
To donate money go to justgiving.com/john-kinchen-12in12.