A former Highfields School pupil is wowing audiences across continents as he vows to take on 50 marathons in 50 days – while continuing his full–time job.
Will Wragg, who now lives in Brisbane with his wife Zoe, is originally from Lea and is taking on the mammoth challenge in the hope of raising $5,000 for the Australian charity Youngcare.
The athlete has been starting his 26 mile treks between 3.30am and 3.50am every morning, and once he is finished he either runs or cycles to work.
“I’m truly passionate and proud of the cause and the organisation and I only hope that I continue to help the cause for many years to come,” the 26–year–old said.
“I run the races with the next run in view.
“I am currently aiming on finishing my races feeling as if I could run another marathon immediately after.”
Will has been a keen sportsman all his life, having studied sport science at Leeds University.
He played football for Sheffield United, Derby County, Alfreton Town and Chesterfield youth teams before a knee injury led him to give up the game and turn his attention to running instead.
Will discovered ‘chi running’, a style which enabled him to run for long distances without injury, and for the past year he has been running 100 miles or more a week.
He decided he wanted to use his newly–acquired skills to support Youngcare, a charity which gives young disabled people a choice in their care and housing options, after reading an article about a girl who became a paraplegic following a surgical procedure that went wrong.
“It made me realise what can happen to anyone at just the drop of a hat and how lucky I am to have my abilities and my health,” he continued.
Will, who works for the Queensland education department, said despite the extreme physical trial his body is experiencing he feels great.
“I’m not tired,” he said.
“I just feel healthy and truly inspired.”
His sister Emily, of Lea, said: “I’m so proud of Will and so are my parents, two other brothers Ben and Sam and the rest of our family and friends.
“I think what he is doing is incredible and inspirational and Youngcare is such an amazing charity to do it for.
“He has always been ambitious and had a totally positive outlook on life and this challenge sure proves that.
“He is such a kind, caring and generally lovely brother.
“I can’t wait to see what he is going to do next.”
Will hopes to continue putting himself through the paces even after his marathon task is done and is planning to run across either Australia or the USA next year.
For further information on Will’s quest, or to make a donation, visit www.everydayhero.com.au/william_wragg