The thought of facing just one marathon would be a daunting prospect for most people. Not for 21-year-old Lance Corporal Liam Grimmer, who plans to complete his 18th marathon and raise vital funds for The Children’s Society.
Liam’s 2013 Virgin London Marathon challenge in April will form part of a series of five marathon and half-marathon events he hopes to complete throughout 2013.* Money raised will support the charity’s work with children at risk of abuse and neglect.
Liam, from Victoria in South West London, will run more than 280 kilometres (176 miles) to raise money for The Children’s Society. The charity works with some of the most disadvantaged children, including child refugees, young runaways, disabled children and young people and young carers.
Commenting on his gruelling challenge, Liam said: 'This is going to be one of the toughest challenges I’ve faced. I won’t give up easily and I’m prepared to strain every sinew to do it. I’ll need to go through a lot of pain to complete all of the events, but this will be nothing compared to what some of the young people I’m raising money for have experienced. I wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of my family, especially my wife Janina.'
Driven by a strong desire to help children at risk of abuse and neglect, Liam hopes to raise over £3,000 through his fundraising challenges.
Ellie Wood, Regional Fundraising Campaigns Manager at The Children’s Society, said: 'What Liam is attempting is nothing short of breathtaking. This is a monumental challenge that will require a superhuman effort. It’s incredibly humbling to see the lengths people will go to for The Children’s Society.'
After completing his final half-marathon event in October this year, Liam, who has served in the Army since the age of 16, won’t be putting his feet up, as he is planning to run the New York, Boston and Chicago marathons in 2014 for The Children’s Society. He also hopes to take part in the Marathon des Sables - ranked as the toughest footrace on earth. The six-day 156-mile ultramarathon takes place in one of the most inhospitable climates – the Sahara desert.
No stranger to tough challenges, Liam completed four marathons in four cities around Germany last year, to raise money for charity. Fulfilling a life-long ambition, he is also half-way through writing a fictional novel, which he hopes to publish next year.
Liam is in the Adjutant General’s Corps (SPS) and is based at the Ministry of Defence in London. He served with the Army Air Corps (1 AAC) for three years in Germany and is a second year Open University student, studying criminology, psychology and law.
If you would like to sponsor Liam, please visit: www.justgiving.com/Liam-Grimmer
* LCpl Grimmer will attempt to complete the following events: 2013 Virgin London Marathon (April), London 2 Brighton Ultra Marathon (May), Thames Path Ultra Marathon (September), Windsor Half Marathon (September) and the Royal Parks Foundation Marathon (October).
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The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.