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A marathon a month for SOS Children

Alan after completing the South Downs Marathon
Alan after completing the South Downs Marathon

At the beginning of 2011, running enthusiast Alan Middlebrook took on an exceptional new year’s resolution – to run a full marathon every single month of the year, for the whole year, to raise valuable funds for SOS Children’s work across the world.

After running his very first marathon in 2004, Alan has enjoyed completing up to three marathons a year.  He was keen to set himself a further challenge, whilst at the same time raising funds and awareness for our charity. Alan says “I first became aware of the work of SOS Children at the time of the Haiti Earthquake and decided that it was a charity that I would like to help.”

Alan trains by running an impressive 45 miles every week. He is also a personal trainer and easily covers a further 20 miles each week with his clients. Of the nine marathons he has completed so far this year, Alan says that completing The South Downs Marathon in June was the best experience (see photo, top right). “The South Downs Marathon was particularly gruelling as it was very hilly and all off road, but it was also the most scenic” he says “to complete a really tough marathon in a reasonable time (3 hours 42 minutes) added to the sense of achievement.”

For the final four months of the year, Alan has decided to up his game and complete two marathons every month. Alan explains why “I feel as if I am now more conditioned for running marathons and I no longer get the pre-marathon nerves that I used to, and which did affect me earlier in the year.  I’m hoping that increasing the challenge might provide enough motivation for sponsors to dig deep into their pockets.”

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