10 Marathons in 10 Days

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Since starting this challenge Karl has joined his local running club, committed to training for hours on end a week and is clocking up long runs in incredible times. Less than a year ago Karl was only just completing his first Marathon and today he’s preparing himself for a marathon a day, 10 days in a row. This is how Karl’s epic challenge came to be:

“Last year I completed my first marathon, it didn't go to plan and I suffered really badly with cramps for the last 5 miles. The months afterwards left me wanting to take up a new challenge, that's when I came across James "The Iron Cowboy" Lawrence. The Iron Cowboy completed 50 iron mans in 50 days across 50 states, an incredible achievement that most would've thought was impossible. That's when I realised I wanted to do something similar myself and consequently came up with doing 10 marathons in 10 days. It wouldn't be any 10 however, it would be 10 of the same course, the course I struggled with last year, the Bungay Marathon. I hope by taking on this challenge not only does it raise awareness of the fantastic work being done by Operation Smile, but also inspires people to do more themselves like the Iron Cowboy has done for me.”

From the very beginning Karl knew he wanted to raise money for charity and taking on something of this scale, saw an opportunity to raise an INCREDIBLE amount to help change lives forever.

“I chose to run for Operation Smile because I wanted to help people enjoy a way of life so many of us take for granted. The stories I've heard and read are so powerful, the efforts families go through for their loved ones, the physical and mental challenges people have fought and overcome are unreal. I'm proud to be contributing in a small way to the great work Operation Smile are doing around the world to change people's lives for the better.”

When we asked Karl what’s been keeping him motivated through his gruelling training plan over the last 9 months and what will inspire him to push on through 10 days of consecutive marathons, he explained,

“The thought of being a small part of someone's journey to a better life always gives me strength. What I will be going through is nothing compared to the years of pain and suffering others have to endure, thinking of others will help keep me centred to what we're trying to achieve”.

Karl’s family, friends and fellow running club members will be joining him on his marathons each day; some will join him for small  sections, some will cycle alongside him and other like his very own brother will complete the official Bungay Black Dog Marathon with him on the 14th April 2019.

Inspired by Karl and his drive to make a difference? You can support him on his way to raising smiles, 262 miles later.



“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President