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Marathon runner hoping to complete epic challenge

Graeme Sharp is aiming to run 20 marathons in a year, raising money for Breast Cancer Campaign and Macmillan Cancer Support. NNL-140808-130339001

Graeme Sharp is aiming to run 20 marathons in a year, raising money for Breast Cancer Campaign and Macmillan Cancer Support. NNL-140808-130339001

A running enthusiast from Banbury is aiming to run 20 marathons in a year to support two well-known charities.

Graeme Marsh of Bretch Hill took part in his first marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon back in April and he has raced in events across the country for Breast Cancer Campaign and Macmillan Cancer Support.

He will dress up in a jigsaw piece when he enters the Great North Run on September 7, and will do a race in Reykjavik, Iceland on August 23, the Severn Bridge Marathon the day after and another race in Canterbury on August 25.

Mr Marsh, who works at Fine Lady Bakeries in Banbury, said: “I am ecstatic already at how many races I have done this year. I wanted to do something inspirational and once I had done the first few I really started to get into it and am enjoying doing each race.

“The only running I had done previously was when I was younger so if someone told me last year I was going to do 20 marathons I would have probably laughed at them!”

Mr Marsh hasn’t got a specific target he wants to raise, but wants to help spread more awareness about both charities after his mother Daphne was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. If he manages this attempt the 44-year-old hopes to do a marathon in each of the continents.

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/Grae me-Marsh

 

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