A student at the College of West Anglia has committed to running the London Marathon for 21 successive years to raise money for the National Osteoporosis Society.
Chloe Newland, 23, from Berkhamsted, decided to take on the challenge shortly after turning 21.
She said: “Running a marathon was on my bucket list, It’s something I really wanted to do because I love exercise.”
“The marathon was on the 21st April that year and my grandmother’s birthday is on the 21st May. I felt it was a sign.”
She is completing her third marathon this year and is hoping to raise over £35,000 for the charity to fund further research and nursing care for sufferers.
Chloe says the drive to complete the challenge comes from her grandmother, and the emotional stories of other sufferers. She said: “Leaflets I read really made me think. It’s not just old people who suffer from osteoporosis. ”
She claimed one day a year is a small sacrifice for their constant suffering. “I’m doing something they could never do,” she said.
In preparation for the 26 mile marathon, which takes place on the April 26, Ms Newland has been participating in early morning training sessions: “Whilst everyone’s in bed, I’m up at 6am putting the miles in,” she said.
The student needs to raise £1,750 for every marathon completed to ensure that she reaches her £36,750 goal.
According to the NOS website, osteoporosis is very common, estimated to affect a total of 3 million people in the UK alone.
Chloe hopes that her actions will prompt others to support her through sponsorship, and also urges others to take part in marathons for the cause. She highlighted that even small amounts would make so much difference to the charity, and says that anyone who is looking to take part in these marathons or similar events should “go for it”.
To sponsor Chloe and make a donation to the National Osteoporosis Society,visit her JustGiving page: