Oakham pupil to run 25 half marathons in 25 days

An inspirational Oakham pupil is running 25 half marathons every day until Christmas Day to raise money for Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). Jonathan will tackle his last half marathon before enjoying his Christmas dinner.

Oakham pupil to run 25 half marathons in 25 days
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An inspirational pupil at Oakham School is raising money for charity by running 25 half marathons in the 25 days leading up to Christmas.

Year 13 pupil Jonathan has chosen to do the challenge to raise money for Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a charity close to his heart.

Starting today, the challenge will run until Christmas Day, where Jonathan will tackle his last half marathon before enjoying his Christmas dinner.

Jonathan said: "I chose to do this because I know a lot of people, including myself, struggled with their mental health during lockdown and it’s something I wanted to raise awareness and money for."

"I knew I wanted to push myself to my limit so I chose running because, whilst it’s something I enjoy, running a half marathon every day for nearly a month will be really tough.

"Before this, I tended to run once or twice a week, but I wouldn’t say I’m an exceptional runner.

"I’m hoping to be by the end of this though!"

Jonathan has a large support network who are joining him on some of the runs, including fellow pupils, staff members and even a celebrity guest.

Each evening after the activity, he will host a podcast on mental health which will also include a range of guests.

He added: "I’m lucky to have a lot of support at school as there are a few members of staff I’ve been able to turn to for advice.

"Mr Ross, my Housemaster, is a keen runner so he’s been giving me a few tips.

"I have also spoken to our Director of Athletics Mr Vandoros and my Politics teacher Mr Sanders who have shared their wisdom."

Last year, Jonathan also ran 10km a day over two weeks to raise money and awareness for Neuroendocrine Cancer UK, receiving over £2,750 in donations.

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