For some the thought of running one marathon is enough to bring on the cold sweats, but for a Hailsham man one just wasn’t enough.
Inspired by a friend’s fight with cancer Sam Southam is part way through his challenge to complete a marathon of marathons for charity.
The personal trainer is aiming to complete the standard 26.2 miles of a marathon a breathtaking 26.2 times.
He hopes to complete the challenge of running just under 700 miles in aid of CLIC Sargent in just 20 months.
The daring 25-year-old has already completed the London marathon and the Brighton marathon the week before that.
The former Hailsham Community College student was moved to attempt the marathon challenge after a friend became ill with lymphoma while on his stag do and a colleague was diagnosed with the same condition.
He said: “One of my close friends, who came on my stag do and was quite ill half way through it, was later diagnosed with lymphoma and he got support through CLIC.
“Then pretty much at the same time a colleague was diagnosed with the same thing and she’s only 19 years old, and again she got help through CLIC.
“So this is a great charity which has helped people close to me. I’ve run two marathons in the past to raise money and so to raise more money I thought I had to do more and so that’s what I’m doing.”
Mr Southam said he is enjoying the challenge and was running up to 70 miles a week but missed his Sunday morning lay in.
He said: “You have to put in a lot of training a lot of early mornings so you can kiss your Sunday lie ins goodbye. My wife prefers a Sunday lie-in and doesn’t enjoy the alarm going of but other than that she is very supportive.”
He added: “I’ve always enjoyed running and I have done since I was young and just wanted an extra challenge so did a half marathon and finished that and said I’d never do another half on top of that.
“But a couple of years ago I found myself entered for the Brighton marathon and then someone dropped out of the London marathon so I did that a week later.
“Doing a marathon doesn’t feel like anything else, it’s on another level compared to a five or 10 kilometre race.”
You can keep up to date with Matt’s progress by visiting his fundraising page, http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/mattsoutham
Mr Southam’s next marathon will be the Beachy Head Marathon on October 26.
He is set to follow that race by running in Ireland two days later in the Dublin Marathon.
Between now and 2014, he will attempt to conquer a number of other marathons including a few on a treadmill and as part of other events including a 24 hour ultra run.