May to go – birth­day girl starts a month of marathons

Anna Thubron cel­e­brates her 50th with en­durance feat of 31 races around the coun­try

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Anna Thubron started her 50th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in a unique way on Sun­day by run­ning a marathon ev­ery­day through­out May.

Cov­er­ing a dis­tance of more than 800 miles Mrs Thubron, a busy mum and step-mum of four, is aim­ing to raise more than £5,000 for Hu­man­ity Di­rect, a char­ity fund­ing life sav­ing and life chang­ing surgery for chil­dren in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

Mrs Thubron will run at least 26.2 miles ev­ery day in sev­eral lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing through­out the Chilterns, along the Thames Path and the Isle of Wight com­plet­ing each marathon dis­tance in about five to seven hours, de­pend­ing on the route and ter­rain.

As a per­sonal trainer, Mrs Thubron is no stranger to push­ing her­self to the limit hav­ing twice run as an elite run­ner in the Lon­don marathon and coming 10th UK Lady in the Aus­tria Iron­man.

How­ever, this is the first time she will have run so many marathons.

Mrs Thubron, from Wen­dover, said: “I set my­self this chal­lenge as I wanted to find a unique con­sec­u­tive way to cel­e­brate my birth­day that means a lot to me.

“I can’t wait to start and to see how much I can push my­self and of course how much money I can raise for a fan­tas­tic cause – Hu­man­ity Di­rect.”

Mrs Thubron’s chal­lenge is ex­pected to fund more than 20 op­er­a­tions in­clud­ing cataract op­er­a­tions and neu­ro­surgery for chil­dren in Uganda and So­ma­liland.

Hu­man­ity Di­rect founder Nick Swift said: “We are amazed by the chal­lenge Anna is go­ing to un­der­take for our pa­tients.

“Anna’s fundrais­ing will dra­mat­i­cally im­prove the lives of so many chil­dren whose treat­able con­di­tions would oth­er­wise re­sult in a life-long dis­abil­i­ties or who could die from eas­ily cor­rectable sur­gi­cal prob­lems such as her­nias.”

To spon­sor her ef­fort, see www.hu­man­i­ty­di­rect.org/ fundrais­ers/anna-thubron.

Anna Thubron is mark­ing her 50th by run­ning 26.2 miles ev­ery day in May

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