Hello! My name is Jack and I’ve set myself the challenge of running 26 marathons in 26 weeks to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Last year, my older brother, Tom, 36, was diagnosed with bowel cancer. The care Tom has received during his treatment has been something the whole family has been grateful for during such a challenging and difficult time. This support has become even more crucial after recently being told the cancer is terminal.
I’m taking on ‘Project 26:26’, the equivalent distance of running from Liverpool to Berlin, to thank the Macmillan teams who have been there for Tom and other families like mine.
If you’d like to run a mile or more with me along the way, then get in touch. I’d love that.
jack chats to joe thomas about project 26:26
It was great to speak with Liverpool Echo’s Everton reporter, Joe Thomas about the challenge, my increased target and how Project 26:26 is doing more than just raising funds.
Marathon #18 - ‘just’ 9 to go!
To be confirmed
To be confirmed
If you’d like to run a mile or more with me, get in touch.
Boom! Catch up 1 done. Very steady all the way, except last 5 miles in that headwind on the front. Pit stop at 24 miles for some school cake and a mars bar 🤣We plodded home got it done!
Pleased the body held up after going again so soon but the muscles are tired, so it’s time to recover before we go onto number the next.
9 to go! 🙌🏻💪🏼
Thanks for all the continued support this week - I’m determined to finish this challenge and raise as much as we can.
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project 26:26 aims to fund two macmillan nurses
I’ve been blown away by all the support received. From every pound donated to each message of encouragement, it’s all helping to keep me going and my legs moving.
I want to push this challenge even further and have decided to double the target to £64,500.
This amount would be enough money to fund two Macmillan specialist nurses for the duration of the Project 26:26 challenge. It is a small way of saying thank you to the Macmillan teams who do such amazing and important work in helping people throughout their cancer journey. I’ve seen this first hand with the support they’ve shown Tom and I know what a difference the money we raise will make.
Thank you again to everyone for all the support and donations so far.
a marathon of marathons
Messages of support
The 26 marathons will be squeezed in around a busy schedule. Last year, my wife Lauren and I became parents for the first time. Professionally, I spend my day at Everton Football Club’s training facilities as first-team performance coach and weekends in the dugout.
Alongside the day job and juggling family life, I also support amateur athletes involved with Crosby-based Alive Fitness community running club, many of whom have gone on to compete in their first marathon in the last year.
Project 26:26 began on the same weekend as the Merseyside derby. A weekend that is typically one of intense rivalry in our household, with me being a boyhood Blue and Tom a staunch Red. But on this occasion that didn’t really matter, we united as we began Project 26:26. I am aiming to finish this gruelling challenge 26 weeks later at the London Marathon in April 2024.
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what this means
I’m being supported by Nicole McIlveen, Macmillan’s Relationship Fundraising Manager for Merseyside, who is a member of Alive Running Club in Crosby, which I coach and support.
“We wish Jack the best of luck for his incredible challenge, which will help us support other families affected by cancer,” says Nicole.
“Macmillan is almost entirely funded through donations from our supporters, and we can only be there for people thanks to the fantastic efforts of fundraisers like Jack.
“Cancer is not going anywhere, and Macmillan is needed now more than ever. Whether it’s creating new services, adapting old ones or speaking up on their behalf, we are working tirelessly to ensure people with cancer get the vital support they need right now. “The money raised from Jack’s marathon of marathons will help us to do that.”