Leicester runner takes on 122nd, 123rd and 124th marathon for Rainbows

A Leicester runner who has completed 121 marathons is set to take on three more over 10 days to raise money for us.

John Stew (59) is the catering manager at Leicestershire County Cricket Club, which is one of our charity partners for the year. At the age of 49, John quit his 20 year smoking habit and began running, which he says became more addictive than smoking.

Starting on Sunday, John will lace up his running shoes for the first event in his trilogy, the Leicester Marathon. This will be followed by Beachy Head Marathon on October 29 and the November Nightmare at Lightmoor Lake, Telford, on November 1. He is aiming to raise over £500 for us.

John said: “Rainbows is a fantastic charity is a very worthy cause looking after very sick children, and supporting their families at such difficult times. “I have been injured for a year or so and started running again in July so now I am ready to test myself again. I am really looking forward to the challenge, which will be one road marathon, one cross country and one trail. “It is great to be part of the cricket club’s fundraising for Rainbows so please support this cause, and in my 60th year give my running a focused objective.”

Helen Lee-Smith, Head of Individual Giving at Rainbows, added: “I would like to thank John for taking on this incredible challenge and for supporting Rainbows. He, and the cricket club, are doing a wonderful thing raising funds to help us run the hospice, which make such a huge difference to both the children at Rainbows and their families.”

To sponsor John, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/John-Stew1