Sporty Tom Bobbins is putting on his running shoes for charity once again.
Tom, who owns Heywood Sports and Leisure Club in Diss, is taking part in the Shires and Spires Ultra marathon in Northamptonshire on Sunday, when he will cover 35 miles of trails.
Tom, from Long Stratton, is hoping to raise £3,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). He has been training by entering the Brighton Marathon and he also went into the London Marathon where he was pleased to achieve a personal best time of three hours and 16 minutes.
But he has never entered an ultimate marathon, which is defined as any distance over 26.2 miles.
“I have never run anything over 26 miles before, so this is a bit new for me,” he said.
“The longer distance means I need to have a strategy, especially about things like preserving fluids in the body during the run, I need to pace myself a bit more to make sure I don’t burn out before the end.”
Not a member of any running club, Tom just does the running to help others: “I do the running to raise money for charity. It is such a good cause - everyone has a place in their hearts for EACH.”
Tom is pleased with his level of sponsorship. He has had a lot of support from club members as well as friends and family.
He used the Brighton run as a training run but was especially pleased with his performance in the London Marathon.
Although he does not run as a regular hobby, Tom is no stranger to pounding the ground in a good cause.
Last year he ran four marathons in five weeks and then finished up with The Forces March in Devon which covered 135 miles in five days. His aim then was to raise over £8,000 for Cancer Research UK and EACH.
He completed four races six years ago when he ran the London, Chicago, Marrakech and Amsterdam marathons in the space of 18 months.
He said: “I vowed after every one I would never do it again. But then I think to myself that doing a marathon is nothing compared to what some people have to go through.”