October 25th, 2016

Half marathon man Frank raises £17,000 for charity

A LEAMINGTON runner who set himself the monumental challenge of completing 20 half marathons in 2015 is just five races away from achieving his goal.

Frank Walsh is preparing for his 16th half marathon this year when he takes to the streets to tackle the Great Birmingham Run on October 18.

In 2005, Frank’s father passed away due to heart disease, prompting Frank to embark on a health and fitness regime.

The 54-year-old, who is a member of Kenilworth Runners, set himself the personal challenge after taking part in his sixth London Marathon in 2014.

He quickly realised that full marathons were beginning to take their toll on his life but he wanted to remain active.

So he chose the shorter distances and has already completed 15 half marathons, with his first one taking place in Coventry back in March and his final race will be in Milton Keynes in December.

He said: “I run roughly 25-30 miles per week split over three to four runs, so I feel that this will be an achievable goal.

“I’ve completed 15 half marathons so far this year and the Great Birmingham Run will be my 16th, so I am well into my stride.

“I’ve not set myself a challenge for 2016 yet, but I have no doubt that I will find something to keep me active.”

Since his first London Marathon in 2007, Frank has taken part in a large number of running events including numerous marathons and half marathons, including the Edinburgh Marathon immediately followed by the Three Peaks Challenge, and the 190-mile, seven-day Coast 2 Coast event.

Through all of his efforts Frank has raised over £17,000 for a number of charities, including the British Heart Foundation, diabetes charity JDRF and a number of other charities.