A Challenge for Change – 7 Marathons in 7 Days

It was back in February 2014 when I said the following words to Warren Mauger “I’m running 7 marathons in 7 days for charity.” I was astounded when, without even a blink or delay to consider his response Warren replied with “I’ll do it with you.”

I was ecstatic to find another crazy person in Guernsey to join me for the challenge, and then a little bit of fear kicked in that the idea had now become a reality and we would run 183.4 miles in 7 days.

There are a couple of reasons behind why I am taking on this epic challenge; the first is to raise as much money as possible for two great charities. Yes, I am biased, one of them is the charity that I founded with my wife Louise and my father-in-law Martyn last year, This Is EPIC. The other charity is an amazing Guernsey charity that provides services to the young people in Guernsey, The HUB.

The other reason is the challenge itself. It’s a challenge, it’s a tough challenge. It is likely to push me to my limits both physically and mentally, and this is a big part of why I am doing it.

Life is not a dress rehearsal, we do not get another go. In the words of Henry David Thoreau “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.

I am already learning lots about myself as training and preparation for the challenge is underway. The support we are receiving is fantastic and cements in place my belief that the Guernsey community is a one that is passionate about changing lives. It is also a pleasure getting to know Warren as a friend, as we are going to need each others friendship and encouragement leading up to and especially during the challenge.

You might be asking yourself “I’d like to help”, if you are there are three main areas to help and get involved:

Run with us. A mile, a half-marathon or even a whole marathon. We would love an army of runners with us during the week. If you are interested in running with us during the 7 marathons from the 18th to the 24th August then please contact Louise@thisisepic.gg. Marathon dates are:

  • Marathon 1 – Monday 18th August
  • Marathon 2 – Tuesday 19th August
  • Marathon 3 – Wednesday 20th August
  • Marathon 4 – Thursday 21st August
  • Marathon 5 – Friday 22nd August
  • Marathon 6 – Saturday 23rd August
  • Marathon 7 – Sunday 24th August (Also Guernsey Waterfront Marathon)

Sponsor us. We are aiming to raise £20,000 for This Is EPIC and The HUB, any donation will go directly to changing lives in Africa and Guernsey. Donations can be made through our fundraising page; DONATE NOW

Challenge yourself. At This Is EPIC we would love to hear form anyone that wants to challenge themselves and help our charity and other charities change lives. Visit our Get Involved page to send us your idea and challenge.

Philip and Warren Run


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