Padiham man to run 52 half-marathons in 52 weeks

Marathon man Chris O'Brien in fancy dress at a recent marathon. (s)

Marathon man Chris O'Brien in fancy dress at a recent marathon. (s)

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Chris O’Brien admits he will be complaining of sore feet by July next year - but he doesn’t mind as it’s all for charity.

Chris (47), from Padiham, aims to run 52 half marathons in 52 weeks, that’s 13.1 miles in one go each week, to raise money for the charity Dreams Come True.

It’s a charity which provides funding for terminally ill children and their families to have a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Chris has been raising money for them since 1997, through running and other events, and thinks he has raised about £20,000 over the years so far.

“I chose this charity in 1997 just because it was a charity I liked the look of and I have been supporting them ever since.” said father-of-two Chris.

“I have completed 14 marathons and I just decided to do something different this year. It is a test as I could get injured, and I am always winging about injuries, but I am determined to do my best.

“Not all will be races, although I do plan to run the Great North Run and the Sheffield Half-Marathon.

“Some of the runs will be planned courses, run alone, but tracked on GPS and recorded, which will then be uploaded to my event page.

“I plan to start in the new year and money will be collected via a JustGiving donation page.”

Chris has also been in talks with Miller and Brookes Estate Agents in Burnley about sponsoring his feat.

For more information go to Chris’s Facebook page, 52 halfs in 52 weeks.