The eyes of the world will be on the streets of the capital this Sunday when the London Marathon sees thousands of runners take part in the annual event. Here some of the runners from the Kentish Express area describe why they are taking part, and for whi
A Pilgrims Hospices supporter will finish his 365th marathon of the year this weekend at the Virgin London Marathon.
Ben Rogers, from East Malling, has been raising money for charities including Pilgrims Hospices and started to run and fundraise after his stepfather Doug Chaffer was cared for by Pilgrims in 2015.
Ben has so far raised over £3,500 for Pilgrims Hospices and Macmillan Cancer Support and the total is still rising.
Mr Rogers said: “I wanted to give something back to the hospice after the care and support received by my amazing stepfather Doug and our family.
“He didn’t go into the hospice in the final days, as he wanted to be at home with Mum. The nurses that came to care for him were outstanding.
“I thought I’d do a marathon but realised that ‘anyone can run a marathon’ so thought I’d try something a little bit longer term to really get the fundraising going.
“I came across a guy in Ireland doing Ben Rogers will have run a marathon a day for a year 100 back to back marathons, and that got me thinking about 365 marathons for the year.”
Ben had run 10Ks, half marathons and triathlons in the early 2000s then took time out with his job and family commitments.
He said: “I try to make sure running is a compliment to family life rather than something that becomes a problem.
“That’s why I do a lot of my running before the rest of the family is properly up.
“As long as I have run 9,563 miles by the time I cross the finish line on Sunday I will have achieved my goal.”
Robert Grew, Pilgrims’ event fundraiser, said: “This is an amazing challenge. I’m really looking forward to sharing his celebrations at the London Marathon on Sunday.
“We are very proud of all the runners taking part in the Virgin London Marathon for Pilgrims Hospices and send our very best wishes for a fantastic fun fundraising day.”
To support Ben, uk.virginmoneygiving. com/365MarathonMan
‘I came across a guy in Ireland doing 100 back to back marathons, and that got me thinking about 365 marathons for the year’