Inspire’s Advisory Manager, Jon Huggins is taking part in this year’s Purbeck Marathon, raising money for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.
Gearing up for his first-ever marathon, Jon has been clocking up his practice miles along the beach-front promenade close to his home in Poole and running various tracks and trails across the Dorset countryside in preparation.
Having first got into trail running while living in Vancouver, Canada, Jon has always wanted to complete a trail marathon, so jumped at the chance to take part in the 26.88 mile run, as part of the Purbeck Running Festival – taking place on 18 September.
Jon said: “I love the physical and mental challenge of long-distance running, especially trail running and am really looking forward to my first marathon, raising money for one of Inspire’s long-standing charity partners, Julia’s House.
“Coming back to live in Poole earlier this year, after spending three years living in Vancouver, I was determined to continue trail running, so I am excited to have the opportunity to take on the Purbeck Marathon next month.
“I am hoping to raise £500 for Julia’s House, helping to support some of the fantastic work that the charity does, supporting children and their families.”
Alex Wilcox, Community Fundraising Assistant for Julia’s House, said: “We’re so pleased that Jon is running his first marathon for Julia’s House and we’re cheering him on all the way, especially for those big hills.
“It’s only thanks to our wonderful supporters that we can keep caring for seriously ill children and their families in Dorset and Wiltshire, so every mile really does make all the difference. Thank you, Jon!”
You can find out more about Jon’s running story, why he’s fundraising for Julia’s House and how to support him on his Just Giving page.