Name: Chris Chandler

Where are you from?

Colchester

Which Charity are you supporting and why?

I’m fundraising for MS-UK, I am fundraising for this charity because my wife Jennie has ms, multiple schlorosis and has received lots of help and support from the charity and this is my way of giving something back as the support has been invaluable.

What is your challenge?

My challenge is running 30 marathons in 2017 across the uk to raise as much money as I can for ms-uk.

Why did you choose this?

For several reasons I wanted to combine my love of running , my goal of reaching the 100 marathon club as soon as I can & wanting to raise as much money for a great charity as I can.

How much are you aiming to raise?

£2,000

How can people sponsor you?

By going to www.justgiving.com/Chris-chandler30

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Where are you from?

Bristol (via Cornwall)

Which Charity are you supporting and why?

Invest In ME (www.investinme.org) – A voluntary run charity aiming to help the approx 250,000 people in the UK who suffer with M.E (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). They crowdfund, organise and initiate biomedical research projects to help find effective treatments for the illness which is the biggest cause of school absence for children in the UK. They’re establishing the UK’s first ME Centre Of Excellence where clinical trials and research can take place.

One of my best friend’s, Ian, has had ME for over 10 years and has been unable to work in that time due to chronic fatigue, brainfog, muscle/joint pain, severe headaches amongst others. In the absence of government funding, raising money for this charity is the best way that I feel I can help him.

What is your challenge?

My challenge is to run an organised marathon in each of the 28 EU countries to raise money and awareness for biomedical ME research.

I’ve completed 9 countries so far (UK, Czech Rep, Finland, Ireland, Greece, Sweden, Poland, Belgium and France) with Spain, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Netherlands and Slovenia booked for 2017.

I’m aiming to run 5 per year (or more if I get corporate sponsors) and will complete the challenge in 2020 where I hope to race in my home city marathon (Bristol) to finish.

In each country before the race I meet patients, scientists, charities and press/media to help raise awareness for ME as an illness and highlight the need for research.

Why did you choose this?

I wanted to do something really challenging that would be worth sponsoring. I also hoped that by running in different countries that I could raise greater awareness and bring together charities and researchers to find a cure quicker.

I also love running, travelling around Europe and meeting people from different cultures. The challenge has also helped me change my lifestyle and being at marathon ready fitness throughout the year has kept me well away from the pub!

How much are you aiming to raise?

£26.2K

How can people sponsor you?: You can visit www.justgiving.com/mikeseumarathons or text IIME82 and £3 to 70070

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