Horsham man’s 50 marathons in 50 days

John Dwyer at Farlington School, Horsham, with supportive pupils
John Dwyer at Farlington School, Horsham, with supportive pupils

FOR MOST people running one marathon is enough of a challenge but one Horsham teacher is taking it up a notch by planning to do 50 marathons in 50 days.

Fitness fanatic John Dwyer, 35, is a geography teacher at Farlington School, Horsham. He plans to run ‘From Rome to Home’, a distance of over a thousand miles in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The route, roughly 1,310 miles, starts at the Coliseum in Rome and finishes in Trafalgar Square.

It will take him through Milan, Zurich, Basle and Canterbury and also passes over the Alps, which he says will be a ‘huge challenge’, as ‘some marathons will be uphill all the way.’

John’s reason for the run are due to a personal experience of cancer. John said: “Sadly a few years ago we lost a close family friend to breast cancer.

“Jane Mayoh left behind two wonderful teenage children and her husband, Glenn. Jane received amazing support during her fight with cancer and this is my way of trying to give something back to the charity.”

Another key inspiration for the running challenge is his friend Rob Gauntlett who died tragically in a climbing accident in 2009. John said: “Rob had the most amazing drive, passion and energy and became the youngest Brit to summit Everest in 2006, aged just 19.

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