‘Before starting my challenge I hadn’t run a marathon’

POUNDING THE STREETS Ben Godbold has undertaken a marathon challenge
POUNDING THE STREETS Ben Godbold has undertaken a marathon challenge
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I WANT to show that you can succeed at something it you really put your mind to it.

That’s why I decided to run 52 marathons in the space of a year to raise money to split between four charities.

These charities are Alzheimer’s Research UK, children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and the Alicia Pannell Fund.

Before starting my first marathon out of my 52 I had never even run a marathon.

I’ve now run 12 out of my 52 marathons and I definitely have had some runs to remember.

The Gosport marathon was really good, apart from running into hailstones for three or four miles.

I did the one in Milton Keynes on Monday May 6, it was really tough, that one.

It was so hot, I struggled to get round to be honest – I had to walk five or six miles of it.

You sort of have a mental preparation before the race.

You look at your route beforehand and you think ‘at that point I’ve got there’ – you do one mile at a time.

When it gets to 20 miles and you start to hit the wall, you just think about what motivates you while you’re doing it – it’s normally the crowd who shout your name.

I want to run the New York and Berlin marathons as part of my 52, but it all depends on the sponsorship I get as I can’t fund it personally.

The charities are phenomenal, I get responses and message from them all the time saying thank you. I’m working with the charities now to go and visit the children with cancer at one of the wards.

I’m also trying to work with international organisations to try and spread their message more.

· To sponsor Ben or to find out more visit bestfootforward52.com