One man's commitment to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will see him complete 52 marathons in 52 weeks at Plymouth's Half on Sunday, 19 April. Steve Gill started his year long challenge at the Shakespeare Half Marathon in Stratford Upon Avon in April 2014.
The 45-year-old HR director, who would have run an official half marathon event every week for a whole year, said: “I have taken part in a number of running events over the years, however after a short break away due to injury, I decided to set myself the ultimate challenge of running a half marathon every week for a whole year, with the ultimate goal of raising £25,000 for the RNLI.
“My challenge has so far taken me all across the UK, and even overseas during the colder months when there are no accredited races hosted in the UK. I have run in fields of thousands, right through to one particular half marathon where there were just 98 of us! My favourite races to date have been Isle of Skye Half Marathon for the incredible scenery, and the Marathón Palma de Mallorca for the atmosphere!
“Completing my ‘52 in 52’ in Plymouth will be hugely poignant, particularly as I’m fundraising for the RNLI and the city has such an amazing maritime legacy. I was first introduced to the charity when I was on holiday in Northern Ireland, where I learned that they rely solely on volunteers. Every day of every year, these guys put their lives on the line to save others, and they inspire me each week to make sure I’m at the start line of my next half marathon!”
Now heading into its 22nd year, Plymouth’s Half Marathon is known for its spectacular scenery, fantastic spectator support and friendly atmosphere. The race will start in style on the Hoe, before taking in a stunning and varied course that boasts coastal views, the charming Barbican harbour, and the beautiful National Trust grounds of Saltram Park.
You can support Steve at his Just Giving page. If you'd like a challenge of your own check out race information for Plymouth's Half Marathon at the event website.