Gateshead Harriers runner takes on five major marathons to fundraise for the If U Care Share Foundation

Gateshead Harriers runner takes on five major marathons to fundraise for the If U Care Share Foundation

A North East runner is in the process of completing a gruelling challenge to raise funds for a North East-based suicide prevention charity.

Daniel Alexander is aiming to complete six marathons around the world to show his support for the If U Care Share Foundation – and he will reach the halfway point when he travel to Japan to take on the Tokyo Marathon in March next year.

Alexander has already completed the London and Chicago Marathons in impressive times of two hours and twenty-six minutes and two hours and thirty minutes respectively.

He now has trips to Tokyo, Boston and Berlin on his agenda for 2020 – with the challenge coming to a close in New York in November next year.

The 31-year-old Roofer explained that he has undergone a “strenuous” training programme in order to complete the challenge.

He said: “I complete a gruelling 16-week training block that includes gym work, bike work and, of course, running.

“This consists of training twice a day, five days a week and I do that to ensure that I can reach a respectable time.

“Hopefully, this will inspire more people to donate to the fund.

“I think all of the marathons will be tough in their own way – some are tougher than others with the changes in climate and time zones.”

The Gateshead Harriers runner got his challenge off to a spectacular start earlier this year when his time of two hours and twenty-six minutes saw him finish in 38th place in the London Marathon.

That remarkable performance persuaded him to take on the challenge to raise funds for a charity that he has supported in the past.

“I chose the If U Care Share Foundation because I have undertaken fundraising for them before and I absolutely love the work that they do,” he explained.

“I know of people that have taken their own lives and I believe that it is vital that we spread awareness and fund the foundation.

“I decide to take on the challenge after I ran a huge race in finish in 38th place overall in the London Marathon.

“I was then made aware that there were five other major marathons around the world and only 7,500 people have completed them all.”

Daniel has a Just Giving page that can be found here and for more information on the If U Care Share Foundation you can head to their website here.