Four marathon challenge man breaks toe and gets sun stroke

jpco-1-5-13 Darron Jelly who has run the London, Paris, Brighton and Manchester marathons back to back  (Pic by Jon Rigby)
jpco-1-5-13 Darron Jelly who has run the London, Paris, Brighton and Manchester marathons back to back (Pic by Jon Rigby)
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A man has completed four marathons in four weeks despite breaking his toe in the first ten miles.

Darron Jelly, 38, from Three Bridges, ran 104 miles in total in the Paris, London, Brighton and Manchester marathons on each Sunday in April to raise money for Children with Cancer UK.

The father-of-two started his challenge with the Paris Marathon on April 7 and completed it in four hours 19 minutes, despite quickly running into trouble.

He said: “I broke my toe at mile ten so I sort of hobbled on my heels all the way round and I finished with swollen heels.

“I packed it in ice all week.

“Then Brighton came round and I still had a broken toe and I got sun stroke.

“Then London was really hot and it was just like an oven. People were passing out left, right and centre. I just thought ‘I want to walk off’ but there’s so many crowds, I couldn’t.

“Then Manchester was freezing cold so I flew round.”

Darron completed all four runs in around four hours and completed the final one in only three hours and 55 minutes.

He has raised £3,000 and hopes to reach £5,000 by the time everyone has donated.

His mother Linda Jelly was diagnosed with ovarian cancer about three years ago.

Darron said: “It was a big shock because it started with a bad cough. She was going back and forth to the doctors for six to eight months, then suddenly they said we think it might be cancer’.”

Darron’s best friend Dylan Maloney, from Three Bridges, was diagnosed with throat cancer last February.

Linda and Dylan have both been given the all clear but the two scares pushed Darron to raise money for vulnerable people with cancer.

After completing his fourth and final marathon in Manchester on Sunday (April 28), Darron said his legs felt ‘like lumps of lead’.

Despite the pain, Darron is determined that he will complete ten marathons in all and he has booked himself in to do the Brighton and London marathons next year.

He added: “My friend was saying he’s going to do the Paris one as well next year and I was tempted, it’s like ‘uh oh here we go again’.”