An Active Schools Coordinator from the Scottish Borders is attempting to emulate comedian Eddie Izzard's '44 marathons in 51 days' feat and to raise £100,000 for charity. Paddy Dearlove, who is originally from Hull, starts his multi-marathon programme on May 1 at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Over the following 7 weeks he will complete a journey of 1153 miles which will include Hull, Leeds, through the North Yorkshire Moors, the Scottish Borders, Glasgow, Loch Lomond and Loch Ness before heading back south to Edinburgh.
In his role with Scottish Borders, Paddy is closely involved with hearth, fitness and activity in schools and he wants to use his challenge to inspire school children across the UK. He has already visited a number of schools telling children about his 44 marathon programme, and hopes that children will take part as he runs to their school or village.
Paddy is being advised by fitness instructor Simon Willis who has created a strength and conditioning programme; colleague Julie Middlemiss-Brown on nutrition and diet; and David Leith from the Scottish Institute of Sport.
Motivation is key for Paddy and the Sick Kids Foundation in Edinburgh was chosen as one of the benefiting charities because of the Dearlove family's support from hospital in the past. Over the let few years all three of Paddy's sons have been treated at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
The second charity to benefit from all funds raised is Comic Relief, chosen because Paddy has been involved in raising money for the charity in the past through his work In Berwickshire's Primary Schools and it was also Eddie Izzard's Marathon Challenge for Sport Relief which provided the inspiration for Paddy's '44 marathons in 51 days'.
Paddy is hoping to raise £100,000 through his 'Run for the Kids' challenge. You can support his effort at the dedicated fundraising webpage.