RUNNING 100 marathons is no mean feat and the challenge has seen a hotelier pick up an award.
Paul Sahota was named as winner for the Personal Achievement category at this year’s News We Can Do It awards.
I never used to run but just decided that I would give it a goPaul Sahota
The dad-of-two was up against some tough competition but the 100 marathons saw him take the title at the ceremony held at the Kings Theatre, in Southsea, last Sunday.
Paul said: ‘I never expected to win at all.
‘I thought maybe second but after hearing all the other nominees, it was a shock to have won.
‘They had all done and achieved some great things.’
The 47-year-old, from Emsworth, decided to start the marathon challenge in 2012 despite having never run before.
It took him just over a year to complete the 100, sometimes doing two in two days.
He even completed three in three days and four in a row.
He added: ‘I never used to run but just decided that I would give it a go.
‘I wanted to go really early in the morning so no-one could see me and I left at 6am.
‘But I actually bumped into my neighbour.
‘I managed to do between two and three miles and was gasping when I got home.’
The first competitive race Paul entered was the Portsmouth Half-Marathon and he enjoyed it.
He then moved onto the South Downs Marathon and his challenge took over.
Even in the run up to the awards, Paul ran three marathons.
He said: ‘I did a marathon yesterday, one on Wednesday and one last Sunday so I do a lot all over the country.
‘It is a lot of early starts and long days.’
The Personal Achievement category was the final award of the afternoon and it celebrates somebody who has risen to a challenge.
Runner-up in the award went to Keith Harris, from Gosport.
He cycled from Portsmouth to Pompeii in 16 days covering 1,285 miles in a bid to raise money for The Rowans Hospice.
Keith, who burned more than 61,000 calories during the challenge, raised more than £5,000 for the hospice.