Ten-year-old Charlie Bowden, who lives in Pontshill, recently completed a marathon in two days.
On Sunday, October 28th, he ran a half marathon, and ran a further 13.1 miles on Monday, October 29th to make the full distance of 26.2 miles.
Charlie, who is in Year Six at Weston-under-Penyard Primary School aimed to complete his marathon challenge in five days during his October half term, but managed to complete it in just two.
He is hoping his marathon will help him to raise money to fund the purchase of an iPad for his school. There are eight Year Six pupils in his class but only seven iPads, and Charlie is hoping to make the lessons much easier by funding another one.
The class is currently preparing for their SATs tests in May, and he hopes an extra iPad will allow everybody in his class to revise for their upcoming SATs exams equally.
His dad, Tony, told the Ross Gazette: “He is a sporty boy but has never attempted anything like this before!"
His family have helped to record his journey by creating short films during the run up and over the course of the two day marathon.
Charlie told the Ross Gazette: “I’m really proud of myself. I set the goal of running a marathon in less than five days so I’m really happy I smashed it in just two days! I do ache quite a lot now though.
“It was quite hard keeping the training up, sometimes I’d rather play on the Xbox, but I’m glad I didn’t. It doesn’t matter how old you are – give yourself a challenge and go for it.”
Charlie’s parents and younger brother, Jack, were his support crew and kept him going with drinks and nibbles. His mum, Sarah, told the Ross Gazette: “We are so proud of Charlie, not only for completing the challenge, but also because he had the drive to do something great for his school and his classmates.”
His five-year-old brother, Jack said: “Charlie is awesome!”
Charlie said: “I’d love you to help support me and my school.”