Couple running 18 marathons for charity

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A recently married couple have taken on a marathon challenge to raise money in memory of friends and family.

Natalie and Jack Chivers, of Southgate, wed in April and have spent the first few months of their marriage taking part in marathons at home and abroad.

jpco-9-10-13 Natalie and Jack Chivers doing 18 marathons between them for Breast Cancer Care and Crohns and Colitis UK. (Pic by Jon Rigby)

jpco-9-10-13 Natalie and Jack Chivers doing 18 marathons between them for Breast Cancer Care and Crohns and Colitis UK. (Pic by Jon Rigby)

They plan to complete 18 between them.

At the weekend they both took part in the Bournemouth Marathon which was Natalie’s fourth in the year and Jack’s 10th.

Natalie, 28, said: “We’ve done Rome together, there’s Paris, Edinburgh, Athens and Jamaica.

“I properly started running last May. Jack started the year before that. I started out for three marathons and Jack for six marathons and then we decided to do six and 12.

“I didn’t think I could have run a marathon. It’s now my favourite race to run, but it’s painful.”

Jack, 34, who has already run marathons this year in Bath, Dubai, South Downs and the New Forest, said: “The South Downs is meant to be the hardest in the UK, but the hardest was Bath. Some of the climbs were so steep.”

Next month they head to Athens and in December they are off to Jamaica where they will stay for a late honeymoon. They have also already booked themselves into the Rome marathon again next year.

Jack said: “I had given up on the idea of a honeymoon marathon, but then she did her first marathon in Rome and loved it.”

Natalie added: “It’s very eye-opening how different places run them. There’s a similar atmosphere everywhere, people of different languages cheering you on.”

They are trying to raise as much as possible for Breast Cancer Care and Crohns and Colitis UK.

Jack’s dad suffered from colitis all his life and died in 2011. It is a diseases of the large intestine causing problems with the digestive system. Natalie want to raise money for Breast Cancer Care after losing friends to the disease.

Jack said: “His death was caused by the colitis. This year I wanted to do something more personal than last year.

“We want to get as much as we can. If we can get over £1,000 between us that would be good.”

They each have their own website where they are collecting sponsorship. To sponsor Jack go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JackChivers and to sponsor Natalie go to www.justgiving.com/runnattyrun