Jonathan set for marathon tests

MARATHON MAN: Former Belton man Jonathan Buckley who will tackle marathons in both Brighton and London later this year.
MARATHON MAN: Former Belton man Jonathan Buckley who will tackle marathons in both Brighton and London later this year.

A FORMER Isle man is looking to complete two marathons in just eight days to raise funds for charity later this year.

Jonathan Buckley will run the Brighton Marathon on April 15, on behalf of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, and the London Marathon on April 22 for Christian Aid.

The 27-year-old, originally from Belton, is now mostly based in Rotherham where he is studying for his master’s degree in youth work and holding down a job.

It is the first time he has attempted a 26 mile challenge but he has previously completed half marathons in both Worksop and Sheffield.

He said: “I thought I would just go for it. I’m currently doing 40 to 50 miles per week and will build it up as I get towards March. I’ve also done a few training runs on the way to work as well.”

The committed Christian has already helped build classrooms for orphans in the African country of Uganda - along with brother David (18) - and he is looking forward to his latest challenge.

He added: “I will be part of a 10 to 12 man team and there will be family and friends coming to watch.”

To sponsor Jonathan in the London Marathon logon to http://www.justgiving.com/Jonathan-Buckley1/ or for the Brighton Marathon the link is https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jonathanbuckley1