A student has taken on the challenge of a lifetime by pledging to tackle the London Marathon every year for 21 years.
Later this month with be the third time that 23 year old Chloe Newland, from Berkhamsted, has taken on the famous 26 mile run.
She’s doing it in memory of her grandmother and is hoping to raise more than £2,000 for the National Osteoporosis Society.
The cause is close to her heart as her grandmother suffered from painful osteoporosis for many years.
Chloe, who hopes to complete the gruelling run in five hours, said: “I am running the London Marathon to help fight the agony of osteoporosis. My grandmother suffered for over 20 years with the debilitating disease and so I have pledged to run the London Marathon 21 successive times in her memory; a small sacrifice one day each year to help ensure others do not have to suffer like she did.
“Three things will get me through my third marathon this April; the memory of my grandmother hobbling around the kitchen to make me a cup of tea the morning of the day she died, the money I am making to help fight osteoporosis, and the finish line.”
The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK charity dedicated to ending the pain and suffering caused by osteoporosis and fragile bones. The condition affects one in two women in the UK, and one in five men over the age of 50.
Fundraising director of the society Claire Wynne-Hughes said: “Fundraisers like Chloe do an incredible job. They go to amazing lengths taking on challenges that transform the lives of people suffering from osteoporosis. So many of the people that we work with tell us about the distress, pain and disability that fractures cause them, but our life-changing support and information really can help. Osteoporosis can cause fractures following something as everyday as sneezing or coughing but with the help of people like Chloe out there raising funds and awareness, it can really make a huge difference.”
The charity has 38 people running the marathon to raise money and awareness. To find out more about fundraising for the cause visit www.nos.org.uk
If you want to sponsor Chloe visit her Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/Chloe-Newland1