Runner’s challenge to complete 13 half marathons in 13 days

Josh Wright has set himself a challenge which he hopes to complete by the end of this month.

For the 26-year-old customer service manager is planning to run a total of 13 half marathons in 13 days in a bid to raise money for charity.

He is taking on the daily routes from his home in Codling Road, Bury St Edmunds, beginning today, Monday, July 20, and planning to complete it on Saturday, August 1.

He originally set his fundraising target at £750 but it has now grown beyond that figure and he is hopeful of reaching £1,000.

Money from the challenge will be going to the My WiSH Charity, which supports the West Suffolk Hospital, with the funds directed towards the Butterfly Appeal which is aimed at raising £340,000 to build a special garden area for end-of-life patients at the hospital, in Hardwick Lane. The Butterfly Garden will be in a private area away from the wards so patients can spend some of their final days or hours with their loved ones including children and pets.

Raising money for the charity is nothing new for Josh as his previous escapades was running a half marathon with his dad, Leslie and holding a 24-hour gaming session with friends. These raised £1,283 for the appeal.

And he has also been involved with the Soapbox Challenge being part of the HS Direct team where he works from its site on the town’s Moreton Hall Estate, in Skyliner Way.

He and his father were also planning to run the Manchester Marathon which has been delayed until next year because of the coronavirus.

Josh said: “I did a half marathon last year at the Norwich Showground and I wanted to do a bit more this year so decided on the 13 in 13 days. I’ve gone past the target of £750 and I’m now hoping to reach £1,000 which would be great.”

He’s currently working from home because of the Covid-19 lockdown measures and carries out daily runs from his home.

“The 13 runs will be all round Bury from my home and all different routes and I’ll be doing them after I’ve finished work and a few people have said they will get involved with my runs as well,” he said.

“I will be recording them and I have been posting all my training runs up to the start of the challenge. I tend to head towards Rougham and back as well as over to Marham Park and return.

“I’m confident of getting them all done. I have been doing 10K’s every day and I know that I can do it and if I struggle I will even crawl round!” he added.

Sally Daniels, appeal manager, said: “Josh is such an inspirational fundraiser. He’s takes on these crazy challenges and just works so hard to raise money for us. We really are so grateful”.

Pictured above is Josh Wright.

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