SPORTY Jamie Brailsford is gearing up to take part in an astonishing challenge – five marathons in seven days.
The 22-year-old from Havant was spurred on by his grandmother Jackie Barnes, pictured, and her battle with breast cancer.
Doctors have told her there is nothing more they can do for her and Jamie is channelling his emotions in the 133-mile run.
He said: ‘My nan is so lovely. We are really close.
‘I used to stay at hers every weekend when I was younger and she’d spoil me rotten.
‘She’s has gone through so much and the thought of her and the reason why I’m doing this should inspire me throughout the challenge.
‘I won’t be running a full marathon length at a time, but rather breaking it down to 10 or five miles at a time, taking breaks, but completing marathon distances in a day.
‘So far in training I haven’t had any problems, like blisters, so – touch wood – it stays that way.
‘I’m a little nervous but looking forward to the challenge.
‘I came up with the idea on the spur of the moment because I wanted to raise money and do something out of the ordinary.
‘I don’t know many people who have run five marathons in a week before.’
Jamie, who studies sports management and coaching at Buckinghamshire New University, begins his run tomorrow in Exeter. He is aiming to complete the challenge on June 8, arriving in Emsworth Square, where his 66-year-old grandmother lives, to a welcoming party of family and friends.
He will be supported by friend Nathan Baker, also a student at the University, who will be cycling alongside him, and Nathan’s dad, Bobby, who will be driving close by.
He is hoping to raise £1,500 for Breast Cancer Care.
He is being sponsored by Westmount Construction, The Railway Inn and Emsworth Home Hardware and is appealing for a massage therapist to either travel with him or help out at points on the trip.