Wednesday, December 1, 2021
spot_img
HomeNewsHealthBermondsey runner takes on 50 marathons in 50 days

Bermondsey runner takes on 50 marathons in 50 days

A runner is taking on 50 marathons in 50 days to raise money for charity.

Paul Corey will end his 50-marathon streak when he crosses the finish line of the London Marathon on Sunday.

The 25-year-old, who turns 26 a day before the event, decided to take on the gruelling ’50 in 50’ challenge to raise £10,000 for Cancer Focus, a charity based in his native Ireland.

But his girlfriend, Rachel Franklin, said his dream almost ended when he was hospitalised for two weeks in January/February this year.

“He had a pretty serious thyroid condition and he was told to give up the endurance sports,” said the 24-year-old.

“While he was in hospital he was lying there and decided that he was definitely going to do it, so he just went for it.

Paul Corey (centre)

“He didn’t have any training and the first ten days were the hardest thing he has ever had to do. His legs were double the size they should’ve been and he got shin splints and everything.”

Fortunately, things picked up for Paul, who runs his own fireplace business, and he is now nearing the end of his challenge, with just three more marathons to go after today (Thursday).

“On day nine he ran a 4.15 marathon and from day ten he just got stronger and stronger, and faster and faster,” said Rachel, a support manager.

“He’s been aiming to do each marathon between 4.15 and 4.30.

“The thing he is tackling is the sheer boredom of having to be alone each day doing a marathon, but the good thing is lots of people have come out to give their support.”

Rachel and Paul are both members of London City Runners, who meet in Druid Street three times a week.

The couple, who live in Stratford, will be running the marathon together on Sunday to raise money for Cancer Focus, Deaf Elders, Meningitis Now, and Charis Cancer Care. To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fifty50

RELATED ARTICLES

Most Popular

Recent Comments

Michael Peacock on The King of Nunhead
EricEatsPickles on Letters to the editor: 09/11/17
Bermonds03 on Rye Station
WesternApproaches on When The Blitz came to Southwark
WesternApproaches on When The Blitz came to Southwark
WesternApproaches on When The Blitz came to Southwark
Peter Bavington on Letters to the editor: 08/12/16
Darren McCreery on Letters: 25/05/16
Paula Griffin on Letters: 25/05/16
Catherine Stephens on COLUMN: Harriet Harman MP
Terrie Walker Amor on £5k raised for brave Southwark kids
Francis Githaiga on GALLERY: Walworth’s Got Talent!
Charlotté India Péto on TOMMY BLACKMORE: Photos and tributes
Jemma Louise Dwyer on Competition: WIN a bike worth £500!
SAMANTHA JANE HATTON on Tributes pour in for Barry Albin-Dyer
Charlotte Langley on