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A MAN who recovered from a rare, life-threatening illness against the odds is running seven marathons in seven days for charity.

Gareth Sanders, from Chichester, will complete the epic feat on December 18 when he runs his final marathon, starting at the Travelodge in Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth.

The 24-year-old, who works for Travelodge in Bristol, fell ill in 2008 and was diagnosed with Ebstein-Barr Virus, secondary Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, major liver failure and hepatitis.

He recovered and was out of hospital within a month – despite medics predicting he had only an eight per cent chance of surviving.

His amazing recovery from such severe illnesses baffled doctors and his case now appears in medical journals.

Mr Sanders will run through Bristol, Birmingham, Inverness, Edinburgh and Manchester and Thame in Oxfordshire.

He is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for the charity KidsOut.

The final leg of his journey will be in Portsmouth.