A Liverpool dad is attempting to run 40 marathons in 40 days to raise money for a charity close to his heart and also celebrate his 40th birthday.
Steven Hill, or 'Scouse Marathon Man', will be running the 26.2 miles a day around the streets of Liverpool from this month until his 40th on June 24th to raise money for children’s charity, Zoë's Place.
He told JMU Journalism: “I take my kids to school and pass Zoë's Place, and it coincides with something I am doing. They are running on a path and I am also on a path, but the difference is the parents there have to watch their kids die. Having two healthy daughters, I cant imagine that.”
Steven, 39 from West Derby, says he is a Scouser and proud of it, and is hoping to gain the support of fellow Liverpudlians. He said: “I’m trying to get more people involved. I want people of Liverpool to run with me and join in to make it a fun thing."
Carol Kirkham, a spokeswoman for Zoë's Place charity, told
JMU Journalism: "We are extremely grateful to Stephen for his
intrepid challenge of running 40 marathons in 40 days.
"Zoë's Place is the only baby hospice in the UK specialising in
the 24-hour palliative and respite care for infants aged 0-5 with
life-limiting or life-threatening conditions."
She added: "The tremendous support from Steven is crucial to
our work and helps us make a positive difference to the lives of
so many children and their families."
Steven gave up cigarettes and alcohol a month ago and fears
that he sometimes gets a small urge to go back to his old habits,
but is so dedicated that the constant aching from running helps
to take his mind off the cravings.
He said: ”Smoking and drinking is a habit. I have changed my
lifestyle. I am in bed by 10 o’clock and up early again.”
His two daughters, Chloe, 12 and Angel, 8, gave him the inspiration for his 'Scouse Marathon Man' nickname after they bought him a 'Superdad' mug, and a small figure of a super-hero with an ‘S’ on his chest, which he keeps in his car.
Steven also believes this name gives him power when he is running and helps him mentally when he is running. Ideally he would like someone to run or ride a bike next to him collecting money from passers-by.
By Jess Etherington & Sheena McStravick, JMU Journalism Liverpool Life
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