Marathon man

Rik Vercoe
Rik Vercoe

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RIK Vercoe is going to be wearing his running shoes a lot over the next seven months – as he is taking on a crazy challenge in aid of charity.

The 40-year-old is set to run 30 marathons from now until September to raise cash for the Elizabeth Foundation, a charity for deaf children based in Cosham.

Mr Vercoe, site director at the Listening Company, a communications firm in Portsmouth, said: ‘I’ve done quite a few marathons before, but not this many.

‘Last year I did five in five weeks and then did seven in seven weeks.

‘So I’ve been training for this for a while.

‘The idea of doing 30 is because it’s the Elizabeth Foundation’s 30th anniversary this year.

‘I know how good a cause the charity is and just wanted to do something for them to mark their special anniversary.’

Mr Vercoe, who completed a North Pole marathon for the Elizabeth Foundation last year, will be running marathons all over the country and will do on average one every week.

He added: ‘Doing so many marathons will definitely be a challenge but it will be worth it to help the charity.’

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