A local man is set to run all four races at this year’s Bournemouth Marathon Festival (BMF), a total of 48 miles, to raise funds for a children and family charity. Adam Eason, who runs a Bournemouth-based hypnotherapy business, will take on the Speed of Light 5K and Supersonic 10K on Saturday 3 October before tackling the half marathon and full marathon on Sunday 4 October in what will be the third year of BMF.
Adam is taking on the monumental challenge to raise funds for the British Adoption and Fostering Charity. The family man, who has two young children of his own, explains: “I ran the Bournemouth Marathon in the first year, but I was a bit poorly. I was due to come back last year, but I was injured. So this year I am coming back with a vengeance! I saw there was a chap that ran all four races last year and it got me thinking. People who know me get a bit fed up with me rattling the charity collection tin, so I wanted to do something different to do better with the fundraising. My target was £2500. But we have raised over £3000 already and I’d love to keep smashing that. We’ll aim to get £4000 and then maybe after that, we’ll aim for £5000.”
Like thousands of other runners at BMF, Adam is running for a charity that is close to his heart. The 41-year-old said: “I have a very close relationship with the British Adoption and Fostering Charity. As well as helping children who are in care with prospective parents, it helps advance the quality of life for people that are in care in the UK.”
Adam’s work in hypnosis is also aiding his preparation for the challenge ahead. He explains: “I started working with lots of runners who started following my work, including the multi world-record holding ultra-runner William Sichel who is based in Orkney.
“It’s not about a getting in a trance or altered states of consciousness. Hypnosis has very evidence based principles with overcoming pain, anxiety, being able to manage levels of relaxation and intensity. These are all very relevant to a runner. I use it to help it push myself a bit further.”
Right through to October, Adam will be doing much of his training on the coastal courses used by BMF. “I live quite close to the seafront - the vast majority of my training is along the promenade. We have a beach hut at Alum Chine, so I always kick off most of my runs between there and Sandbanks or there and Hengistbury Head.
“One of the things that always helps me find the time and the dedication is the charity I am raising money for. There are always people there who are having much more of a struggle than you are running a marathon. I think it’s relatively easy to go and run 39 miles on a Sunday than it is to be suffering in care, wishing you had a family of your own.”
To donate and to find out more about Adam’s fundraising, visit his charity page.
BMF races will take place on 3/4 October. Entries close for the full marathon on Wednesday 8 July. For more information, including entry details see visit the event website.