Barry completes marathon challenge

Marathon runner Barry Light completes his epic 60 marathon challenge for WaterAid!


18 Jan 2013 | UK

Grandfather-of-three and marathon fanatic, Barry Light, has completed his 60th marathon in 60 weeks since turning 60, raising nearly £6,000 for six charities, including WaterAid, in the process.

The 61-year-old's final marathon took place on Sunday 17 February at his local sports centre in Bournemouth, where people were invited to run the last 26.2 miles with him. Former Olympic marathon runner, Liz Yelling, joined the celebrations that followed.

Barry began his challenge on his 60th birthday in December 2011, having caught the running bug after entering the London marathon a few years earlier.

Barry’s impressive 60 in 60 at 60 feat has at times interfered with family life and resulted in several injuries, including problems with his foot and groin, but he wouldn't let anything distract him from reaching his goal and raising as much as possible for charity. 

Barry said: "I've been lucky I haven’t experienced any terribly serious injuries, but they have been quite painful. I was determined to complete my challenge though as I like to finish what I've started, so I just kept going."

Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid, said: "Congratulations to Barry for completing his extraordinary marathon challenge. We hugely appreciate his support in raising both funds and awareness. It can cost as little as £15 to transform one person's life with a lasting supply of safe water to drink and access to sanitation, so the money Barry has raised will make a real difference to the people we work with across the world’s poorest countries."

Barry added: "I've always been keen to support WaterAid's work. Water is the basic element of life, and you certainly can't complete marathons without it!"

As well as raising money for WaterAid, Barry is also supporting Breast Cancer Care and Prostate Cancer UK, and local charities Wessex Autistic Society, Mosaic, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

Now he has completed his challenge, Barry is looking forward to having a bit of a break and to spend more time with his family, but will not be hanging up his running shoes. Having run 29 marathons before turning 60, he is aiming to reach 100 by the end of the year.