A dad-of-two is sprinting into his 50s with the fundraising challenge of a lifetime – marking his milestone birthday by running 30 marathons in 30 days for charity.
Hoping to follow in comedian Eddie Izzard’s footsteps, who recently completed 29 marathons in 29 days, Danny Watson is launching his plucky venture in memory of his beloved dad, Bob, who took his own life seven years ago, aged 69, after struggling for years with his mental health.
Combining his ambitious undertaking with a personal keep fit drive, charity boss Danny, a former City worker, set himself seven challenges to complete in seven years after losing Bob – saving the biggest for his 50th birthday year.
Running is particularly important to Danny, of Hull, East Yorkshire, who once ran a major marathon with his father.
He said: “My dad actually ran the London Marathon with my sister Nicola Cotton.
“Then I said I’d run the New York Marathon with him, but this was 20 years ago, and it was a one off.
“We actually crossed the finish line together, although he was one second faster than me.”