Men’s seven-marathon effort raises £50,000

John Styring, Jonny Illingworth, Dean Cornish and Mark Burge, of Igloo Books, completed seven marathon runs in seven countries in seven days

John Styring, Jonny Illingworth, Dean Cornish and Mark Burge, of Igloo Books, completed seven marathon runs in seven countries in seven days

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A group of colleagues from a county book publishers has raised almost £50,000 after running seven marathons in seven days in seven different countries.

The four men – John Styring, Jonny Illingworth, Dean Cornish and Mark Burge – who work for Igloo Books in Sywell, embarked on the mission on April 16, starting with a 26.2-mile run in Paris.

The men, all in their 30s, also completed marathon-distance runs in Luxembourg, Cologne, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cardiff, with the culmination of their event the Virgin London Marathon last Sunday.

Mr Cornish said: “It was difficult but the main thing is that we managed to complete it all and we are really pleased about that.

“When we first decided to do this I really wasn’t sure if I would be able to manage it but I am ecstatic that we have and with how much we have raised.”

The group has raised about £49,000 for the Prince’s Trust with a variety of fundraising events, including a ball and the marathon event itself.

Mr Cornish said: “We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support we have had from colleagues, family and friends.

“I thought it would be incredibly difficult to reach our total but people have really supported us and I’m so glad we’ve got there.”

He said the group performed the best in the their final mile run at the London marathon, all taking less than five hours to complete the course.

Mr Cornish achieved a personal best of four hours 55 minutes, beating his previous best of five hours and four minutes, and Mr Styring ran the marathon in four hours and 30 minutes.

Mr Cornish added: “That was a massive achievement.

“We are all really proud of ourselves for completing the whole event.

“It was a great feeling at the end of the last marathon.”

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