RUNNING a marathon is challenge enough for most people but Rob Byrne is going one step further and doing the 10 races in 10 days.
The 29-year-old is hoping to complete the charity event in May next year and has already started training.
The keen runner, from Gosport, registered for the challenge but was surprised to be chosen.
Rob said: ‘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 added: ‘I didn’t think much of the race in July which was 100km.
‘I didn’t really train properly for it and didn’t finish it which was gutting.’
He added: ‘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 much of a social life because I’ve been practising 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 about the fundraising than the runs.
He said: ‘So far, I have raised about £1,000 which is good seeing as I have until May.
‘The running side of the challenge I am not worried about – I am worried about the fundraising.’
To make a donation to Rob visit justgiving.com/Robs10in10/