This year, #AppealTeam supporter Andrew Warrender will be running 2,018 miles in 2018 to fundraise for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. In order to complete his phenomenal goal, he will be participating a series of events throughout the year including three marathons, three half marathons and a range of other events.
Having started running in 2006 as a way to maintain his weight loss, in 2011- the year that he turned 40- Andrew ran his first marathon. Since then he has completed an astonishing sixteen marathons which, with the three more that he plans to run in 2018, will give him a total of nineteen by the end of the year. Andrew is a member of St Theresas Athletic Club, based in Crossgates Leeds, and represents them whilst competing in races of all distances; his favourite being the marathon.
When he first moved to Leeds, Andrew was greatly inspired by Janes' story and has been taking part in events organised by the appeal for a number of years. Having experienced an injury in 2017, Andrew's training and fitness levels were affected. Now fully recovered, however, he hopes that the 2018 Challenge will keep him focussed throughout the year:
"Running 2018 miles in a year requires continued focus and discipline. It's the equivalent of running 5.5 miles every single day, or seventy seven marathons. I'm confident I can do it: though it won't be easy and will be a real achievement irrespective of how I perform in the individual races."
Having already kick-started his challenge by completing the Brass Monkey Half Marathon in a very impressive 97:06 minutes; Andrew has run 148 miles so far (correct as of 23rd January 2018) and hopes to have completed 200 miles by the end of January.
We are incredibly grateful for all of Andrews' hard work contributing to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and wish him all of the best as he continues on his epic challenge!
You can support Andrew's challenge on his Virgin Money Giving page.