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This year, Stephen Elkan will be lacing up his running shoes and taking on an incredible challenge, and running not one, but three marathons, all before taking on the epic 100km Race to The Kings (RTK) challenge.
In total, he’ll be taking on over 220km of running with the aim of raising £1,000 for Cure Leukaemia, after tragically losing his best friend and his mum to leukaemia.
“I’m fundraising for Cure Leukaemia as this is close to my heart. My best friend passed away when he was 20 (37 years ago) and my mum passed away from this terrible disease (11 years ago) and I have been raising money for different leukaemia charities over the years.
I want to take on this tough challenge even though I know it will hurt both mentally and physically for all the people out there who have been diagnosed with leukaemia and are going through treatment now.
When the run gets hard and hurts I will be using the memory of Mark and my mum to inspire me to continue with the training and to finish the two marathons and RTK.”
The Race to the Kings Ultra Marathon will be taking place on June 17th 2023, and Stephen will be running three marathons as training in the build-up to the main event, taking on the Brighton Marathon on 2ndApril, and Milton Keynes Marathon on 1st May 2023, plus the virtual London Marathon.
He started training in November 2022, and will be hoping to complete the Race to the Kings 100km run in between 12-14 hours.
“I have been running for many years and now making the step up to ultra running distances.
I have raised a lot of money over the years in running marathons and want to continue this as long as I can.
The RTK is going to be a big step up from what I’ve done in the past and I’m looking forward to the new challenges this will bring.
I’m feeling very excited about this new challenge and also apprehensive. I know that a good level of training is going to be needed and a lot of luck in not picking up any injuries over the next 20 weeks.”