Marathon runner Rob to complete 10 races in 10 days
Running a marathon is challenging enough for most people, but Rob Byrne is going one step further and doing 10 in 10 days.
The 29-year-old is hoping to complete the charity event in May and has already started training.
The keen runner, from Gosport, registered for the challenge but was surprised to be chosen.
Rob says: ‘It was a bit of a shock when they accepted me because I was not expecting it.
‘Only 13 other people are doing the challenge, so it is quite exclusive.
‘I only started running about 18 months ago and completed my first marathon in May.
‘I wanted to complete 30 by the time I am 30, but will probably miss that by a couple of runs.’
The last of the 10 marathons will be the Brathay Windermere Marathon, so Rob will complete his challenge with thousands of people cheering him on.
He has been taking his training seriously after he failed to complete a 62-mile race in July.
Rob adds: ‘I didn’t think much about the race in July, which was 100km.
‘I didn’t really train properly for it and didn’t finish it, which was gutting. For the 10 marathons in 10 days, I am doing a lot more.
‘It is all about getting used to running day after day, so I have been doing five days running in a row.
‘That hasn’t been the full 26 miles, but just going out every day so my body gets used to it.
‘I haven’t had much of a social life because I’ve been running a lot before and after work.’
The challenge is organised by the Brathay Trust, which supports vulnerable young people.
It supports them with their education and alcohol and drug misuse.
Rob is hoping to raise £3,000 for the charity and admits he is more nervous. He said: ‘So far, I have raised about £1,800 which is good.’
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