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

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ducking And Diving - By Molly Mile­ham-Chap­pell

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’

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