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Five marathons in five days

18 July 2012

This Sunday, Paul Bowyer will set off on an epic challenge to run five marathons in five days.

He came up with the idea last summer, while he and his brother were enjoying a few drinks. Paul wanted a way to raise money for some of the charities that supported his niece Georgie when she was diagnosed with leukaemia in July last year, and his nephew Charlie when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2008.

Rather than take part in a more traditional charity event, Paul has decided to run from Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool (where Charlie was diagnosed with type 1) to Birmingham Children's Hospital (where Georgia was diagnosed with leukaemia). This will mean running five marathons in five days, from Sunday 22 - Thursday 26 July 2012.

Paul told us:

'This is a very special, poignant run to mark two key events in my niece and nephew's short lives so far. My aim is to reach the finish line each day, regardless of time. I want to raise as much money as possible for my three chosen charities - JDRF, CLIC Sargent and Ronald McDonald House. Throughout everything, Charlie has been extremely brave and taken everything type 1 diabetes has brought him in his stride. He does not allow this condition to get in the way of doing the things his friends do and he is enjoying school which he started in September 2011.'

Paul is hoping for people to join him for some or all of the run, and a number of people are already planning on walking or cycling with him along parts of the route.

So far, Paul has raised £5,000 in total, and £1,500 for JDRF. Visit Paul's website to find out more, get in touch or sponsor Paul.

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