Record-beating runner John Reynolds will join the start line of the Bath Half Marathon having already covered more than 50 miles to raise money for charity.
John, who carried the Olympic torch after being nominated for his fundraising work for the Children’s Hospice South West, is this time donning his trainers for the Camerton-based National Osteoporosis Society.
The 51-year-old Radstock runner made history last year when he smashed the world record for running the most miles in a week – a total of 450 miles non-stop in a challenge which raised £50,000 for CHSW. The effort came just a few years after radiotherapy for a thyroid condition left him unable to walk, let alone run.
He will be starting his run on Saturday evening and by the time he reaches the start line on Sunday, he will have already completed 57 miles with a run taking him from Radstock to Wells, over the Mendips and into Bristol, and then on to Bath.
John, who has recently spent time visiting schools to talk to young people about the importance of staying fit and healthy, added: “The National Osteoporosis Society is a local charity that does great work on a countrywide level as the only UK charity tackling the bone condition that affects one in two women over the age of 50, and around three million people across the UK.
"I also share their interest in promoting a healthy lifestyle for long-term health benefits. I hope that by talking to children, young people and adults about my own experiences it gives them hope and the positive attitude needed to give sport a try. It is nine years ago this month since I was ill and every day I think how lucky I have been.”
In April, John, who works at Taylor Plant Civil Engineering in Radstock installing underground high voltage power lines, will undertake a second challenge for the charity. He hopes to complete the London Marathon and then run all the way back to the NOS headquarters in a challenge he expects will take him two days.
Jess Price, community fundraising manager for the charity, said: “Running is a great form of weight-bearing exercise, which is known to help bones stay strong. We are so grateful to John for taking on this amazing challenge; he is an inspiration to all of us. As well as raising awareness about osteoporosis, John is aiming to raise £5,000 for the charity this year.”
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