Seven marathons in just seven days

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A MAN from Stowmarket is training to run an exhausting seven marathons in just seven days – to help him give up smoking.

Father-of-two Stuart Dolan is running the 192-mile Wainwright Walk from St Bees, in Cumbria, to Robin Hood Bay, in North Yorkshire.

Stuart, running with friend Dave Stillwell, hopes to raise £5,000 each for Care of Police Survivors (COPS) and Help for Heroes.

The 28-year-old said most people use willpower and try to distract themselves when giving up smoking – and that he’s just doing an extreme version of that.

He said: “It has been something I have always wanted to do, to run the Wainwright Walk.

“I have also always wanted to take part in an endurance race.

“I am a bit silly sometimes and get myself to things I later regret. It is all going to be difficult but the first and second days are through the Lake District, so will be extra tough.

“It is definitely not easy to train for those conditions in mountainous Suffolk.”

“But I am really looking forward to it – it is such a beautiful area of the country.”

Stuart lives in Stowmarket with wife Jemma and daughters Lara, six, and Isabella, three.

He said it would all be worth it if he can raise some money for the two charities.

He said: “I hope to raise £5,000 for each of the charities.

“I just thought they were worthwhile charities to support. With what is happening overseas and our guys coming back injured, you cannot raise enough money for Help for Heroes.

“My family have been very supportive through the whole thing – especially as they know I am serious now.”

To sponsor Stuart visit www.coasttocoastrun.weebly.com