Seven marathons in seven weeks is nothing to Rainham runner

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 April 2017

Jack Wright takes a break from training. Picture: Jane Shotliff.

Jack Wright takes a break from training. Picture: Jane Shotliff.

Jane Shotliff

A volunteer has been busy notching up a “magnificent seven” to raise funds for four charities close to his heart.

Jack Wright, 32, from Rainham, has pledged to run seven races in seven weeks, including five half marathons and a full 26.2 mile marathon.

All this when Jack, who works as a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver and London Underground engineer, has never run more than 10k.

“This challenge means I will have run a staggering 144k, that’s 89 miles in just seven weeks,” he said.

“That’s really pushing myself to the limit but I wanted to do something for these four charities, all of which are close to my heart.”

Jack has chosen to raise funds for Demelza – a children’s hospice, the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, Myeloma UK and Endometriosis UK.

Jack’s father Clifford died from myeloma at the young age of 47, and his girlfriend Debra Elliott, who is a community fund raiser for Demelza, suffers from endometriosis – which affects fertility.

The couple have also seen at first hand the work of the Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance, which was on standby to airlift Debra’s mum Edna to hospital after a sudden and tragic accident at home.

Jack began his epic feat on February 26 with the Brighton Half Marathon, followed by Eastbourne Half Marathon on March 5 and the Dartford half a week later.

On March 18, he completed the Brighton 5k Glow Run and was then up bright and early the following day to take part in the Hastings Half Marathon.

Jack pounded a 12k course at the Royal British Legion Major Series at Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells, on March 25 and is set to complete the Brighton Marathon on April 9.

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