The race is on to raise £1 million

A Guernsey runner is hoping to complete 40 marathons in 40 days to raise £1million for charities including Wooden Spoon, in autumn 2011.

Stuart Hardie will begin his challenge on September 20 at John O’Groats in Scotland and will run 1000 miles through the Scottish, English and Welsh countryside before finishing the challenge at Land’s End in Cornwall on October 29.

The JOG to LE challenge aims to raise £1million with funds raised principally benefiting Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby. The charity was founded in 1983 and is dedicated to harnessing the spirit and values of rugby to improve the quality and prospect of life for children and young people all over the UK and Ireland who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.

Funds will also be donated to The Prostate Cancer Charity which is the UK’s leading voluntary organisation working with people affected by prostate cancer.

The 40 marathons he hopes to complete will take him past many notable locations throughout the UK including Loch Ness, the Lake District, through the Forest of Bowland and over the Severn Bridge and across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall to Lands End.

Stuart Hardie is encouraging islanders to join him and take part in different stints of the challenge and has even contacted UK rugby clubs he will pass en-route urging them to get involved.

Mr Hardie said: “The prospect of running 40 marathons in 40 days is a daunting challenge but it is a once in a lifetime adventure. I have a wonderfully supportive team helping me train and I’m excited to have the chance to travel past so many famous locations throughout the UK.”

“The JOG to LE challenge aims to raise £1million for charity and I would encourage islanders to donate what they can as all funds raised will benefit causes that are enhancing peoples’ lives. Every year Wooden Spoon carries out valuable work with youngsters who are battling ill health or are disadvantaged socially.”

The JOG to LE challenge was officially launched at a special event on Wednesday 6 April 2011 at the Farmhouse hotel in Guernsey. Rosie Swale-Pope, who successfully completed a five year long run around the world, was the guest speaker at the event and is mentoring Mr Hardie during his challenge.

Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/stuart-hardie.

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