Meet the man who is to compete in 52 marathons in 52 weeks


Chris Patterson of Daventry, Northamptonshire, is to compete in52 marathons in 52 weeks in 2018. His ’52 in 52’ campaign is aiming to raise at least £12,000 in aid of international children’s charity Hope for Children.

Chris, a long-time supporter of the charity, has already completed the London Marathon (2017) and ultra-marathon, Marathon des Sables (2016) – commonly referred to as the ‘Toughest Footrace on Earth’ – in recent years, but this challenge will push his physical and mental strength to new extremes.

Throughout 2018, he will be taking part in events all over the world including marathons in Edinburgh, Barcelona and China. So far, Chris has already completed the Endurance Life Marathon in Anglesey, the Gran Canaria Marathon and the Holly Challenge in Telford.

Whilst most races will take place over long weekends, next week Chris will be attempting 5 marathons in 5 days all over Kent between 10th to 14th February, ending with the Valentines Day Marathon. When he has completed his challenge, Chris will have run over 1,362 miles, roughly the distance between Hemel Hempstead (where the charity is based) and the coast of Africa, the continent where many of the charity’s projects have an impact.