STUDENT Joe Bentley always hated running - but now he’s preparing to run the Rome Marathon for charity.
Joe (20) of South Barn, Leagram, Chipping, will run with thousands of others on March 17th on a course that starts at the Coliseum and takes in famous landmarks such as the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Saint Peter’s.
The former Clitheroe Royal Grammar School student, now a second-year philosophy student at Sheffield, aims to raise £1,000 for the Association for International Cancer Research after a friend told him about the fund-raising efforts.
He admitted: “I’ve always hated running, with a passion.
“I could have done something for charity that would have been easy for me, but I decided to something hard instead. It’s more of a challenge.”
Joe has been training twice a week and has steadily built up to 15 miles. He entered the recent Clitheroe 10k road race and was happy to finish in 45 minutes.
“Now I’m in training I’m getting used to it,” he said. “The more I do, the easier it’s becoming.”
Joe actually prefers scuba diving to running, and is being sponsored for £100 by Reefers and Wreckers, the scuba supply company at Barrow, Whalley, run by Mick Turner.
Other sponsorship pledges have pushed his total up to £650.
Joe added: “I’m paying my own fare and accommodation, so every penny in sponsorship will go for cancer research.”
To sponsor Joe, log on to justgiving.com/joe-bentley
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