A BURNLEY landlord will be raising the fund-raising bar when he tackles an incredible 12 marathons, in 12 consecutive days, across 12 counties.
Despite having never run a marathon before, Mr Brian Parker (52), who runs The Commercial in Harle Syke, will begin his charity challenge in Cheshire on Tuesday, May 17th.
He will then travel across Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hertfordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire before finishing the last of his 312 miles at Burnley Town Hall on Saturday, May 28th.
Even more remarkable is the fact that four days after he finishes he will be going into hospital for a serious operation on his knee.
“I’ve had a bad knee for a while. The doctors have basically told me not to do it but the way I look at it is that if I do it and it does make it worse at least I’m having the operation straight after the marathons. There is no way I won’t finish it.
“I had wanted to do it a few months ago but had had a problem with my calf so it had to be put back. I’m well into the training now though and I’m up to running 11 miles a day. I’m looking forward to it.”
Already an avid fund-raiser for Pendleside Hospice – he has so far raised £38,000 for the charity – Brian is hoping this latest feat will help him reach the £50,000 mark.
“It would be brilliant if we could get to the £50,000 mark by the end of this, that’s what the target has been since we started the fund-raising. I’m paying for all the hotels, the food, everything out of my pocket so every single penny raised will go straight to the hospice. I just hope people can give as much as they can. It doesn’t matter how little because it all helps.”
His inspiration for the marathons came when he was interviewed after picking up the “Citizen of the Year” and “Volunteer of the Year” awards at 2BR’s local hero awards last year.
Anybody wanting to sponsor Brian can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/brian-parker-marathonman or by ringing him on 07766 678570.