Lepra’s challenge ambassador, Tom Barton, has been running 'a marathon a month' for Lepra since January 2021. Over the course of the year, Tom is aiming to run a staggering 1,800 miles in total, that’s the width of India!
Since becoming a supporter, Tom has raised over £25,000 and has completed a total of 18 marathons.
“Who knows what this year will hold but I thought setting myself the challenge of running a marathon (or more) each month would be a good place to start! As well as fundraising, this year long challenge aims to keep undiscovered illness and disease, such as leprosy, at the front of mind. I’ll be aiming for 1,800 miles in total, the width of India!”
- Tom Barton
Tom has run 1725 miles, raised £2389, ran 11 marathons and 1 50km ultra race! What an amazing achievement!
Some of his marathon highlights are below:
January - 26.2 miles in a blizzard
February - 31.1 miles in sub-zero temperatures
March - beautiful sunny run over the North Downs Way with over 1600ft of ascent
April - Goodwood Running Grand Prix 03:02:55, sunny but windy day and an actual race! A great event to be part of on the Goodwood Motor Circuit
May - A local 4 lap course with friends, 2000ft of ascent
June - An early morning marathon around Fleet Pond (with an attempt at Strava modern art!)
July - A local 4 lap course with over 2000ft of ascent
August - Second part of the weekend double-header - 4 lap flat course around Farnborough Airport to complete 2 marathons in 24 hours!
September - The Farnham Pilgrim Marathon - an amazing route along the North Downs Way with some tough hills, finished 15th in 03:48, but the second half was hard work!
October - The Clarendon Marathon - 03:39 and 7th place, beautiful weather for most of the run and amazing scenery - tough hills!
November - November's run was 3 laps of Farnborough Airport and a park run! All in 3 hours and 40 minutes. Looked a bit rainy but a magnificent achievement all the same.11 down and 1 to go!
December - The hardest of all the runs... 26.2miles completed in 3 hours 51 minutes!
If you would like to support Tom on his Marathon a Month challenge, visit his fundraising page here.