May to go – birthday girl starts a month of marathons
Anna Thubron celebrates her 50th with endurance feat of 31 races around the country
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