Starting on 15 June with a run in Leeds, David plans to then run another marathon every day for the following six days around his local area, have a day off – and then finish off with an amazing double marathon around the Yorkshire peaks on 22 June. He is hoping to raise a total of £1,500 for his superhuman efforts.
David’s eight marathon challenge started after his nephew Oliver fell ill with meningitis in August 2018.
“Luckily, he was taken to hospital to be checked – just to be on the safe side,” said David. “Upon arrival, the doctor immediately took him to resus – we very nearly lost him there.”
Oliver was moved from resus to a ward and later that evening put on a ventilator, fully sedated and given a blood transfusion. He was finally stabilised and transferred to Leeds General Infirmary – where he spent 10 days in intensive care.
“Thankfully he gradually improved and has made a full recovery, but it was, as you can imagine, a very difficult time for the family so I am determined to do something challenging and raise as much money as possible.”
David also praised the hospital staff in Leeds who saved Oliver. “They were great,” he added.
A keen sportsman who loves a challenge, this will not be the first time David has tackled a marathon.
“I started doing a few half marathons several years ago, but I have never classed myself as a runner,” he said. “Then I did my first marathon a year ago in Nottingham and followed this up with the Huddersfield Marathon in June last year.
“Next I did a challenge in that same month called “The Wall”, which was running from Carlisle to Newcastle – I quite like the mental challenge!”
And as if all that wasn’t enough, David was successful in getting a place in the London Marathon in April – which will give him a chance to warm up for his eight-day epic later in the year.
Meningitis Now CEO Dr Tom Nutt – who is also training to take part in the London Marathon this year – said he was in complete admiration of David’s incredible efforts.
“As I am also training for a marathon, I know how hard it is – so to be doing not just one but multiple runs is extraordinary,” he said. “I am in awe!”
To support David please visit his Just Giving page here.