Josh Bone

Exeter student runs seven marathons in seven days

A young Exeter university student will be taking on an amazing personal challenge next weekend when he runs from London to Paris. Josh Bone, aged 21, is running seven marathons in seven days in memory of his father Ron, who died of cancer last year.

He will be fundraising for two major cancer charities, Cancer Research UK and Dorothy House Hospice, and hopes to raise at least £10,000. Last year, Josh ran the Brighton and London Marathons a week apart, only a few months after his father’s death. This year he hopes to complete this gruelling seven legged challenge  from Trafalgar Square to the Arc de Triomphe between 2 and 8 September.

 Josh said “Thank you to all the people who have donated so far, the total has just tipped over the £4,000 mark, but my target is £10,000 so there is still a long way to go. Your support will spur me on to achieve my goal of seven marathons in seven days, so please help by donating now at his Virgin Money giving page or text LTOP90 and the amount to 70070.”

Dorothy House fundraiser Emily Knight said: “What an amazing challenge Josh has taken on, and what a wonderful tribute to his father. We are very impressed by his dedication and wish him all the very best with his marathon effort.”   

Josh is currently studying Geography at Exeter, and is spending the summer at Cancer Research UK Head Office working in Sports and Events Project Management, having achieved a place on their highly competitive and award-winning internship scheme. 

Melanie Skinner, Cancer Research UK’s Area Volunteer Manager for Bristol, Bath and Wiltshire said “We are absolutely delighted that Josh has decided to attempt such a great challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK.”

Special thanks goes to John Moore Sports for sponsoring Josh’s running kit, House of Bath and other local businesses that have supported him so far. You can follow Josh’s progress on Twitter @Josh_Running or on his blog.

Date: 28 August 2012