Hillmorton man’s 12 in 12 challenge has five races to go

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A fundraiser running 12 marathons in 12 months to raise money for a poverty-stricken community in Uganda has five races to go.

Hillmorton man Andrew O’Brien’s gruelling 12 marathons in 12 month fundraising drive is raising money for Kiwoko Hospital via the ISIS Foundation. Kiwoko is a rural hospital that helps children with AIDS and malnutrition who have no means of paying for their treatment other than by charity donations.

Andrew said: “With the end of 2013 in sight, it’s seven races down and only five remaining as part of the 12-in-12 for ISIS Challenge’.

“It’s been an incredible year packed with ups and downs and – having been plagued by injury at the start of the year – it feels great to finish on such a high.

“It hasn’t been easy though. Since June I’ve run marathons in Norway, Switzerland, Uganda, Berlin, New England , New York and Singapore.

“I want to thank everyone for their support so far, whether you have donated via my JustGiving page or came out to cheer me on race days. So far I’ve managed to raise £5,257.28 for the Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda, including a £2,000 award from the Lloyd’s Market Charity Association which recognizes the great work that the ISIS Foundation is doing.”

Andrew was inspired to complete the challenge after originally visiting the 25 acre Kiwoko hospital compound this time last year that he vowed to run 12 marathons in 12 months to raise money and awareness for The ISIS Foundation.

He added: “New England was an excellent race for me but New York was tough and Singapore almost as bad as my first marathon.

“Luckily there’s a large gap until my next race in Bermuda on January 19 and I’ve been getting some well-earned rest and focusing on the year-end renewal season. I’m due to begin training again soon which means I can effectively eat whatever I want for the duration of the holiday season.

“Unfortunately, drinking is a different matter and I’ve had to switch Christmas ales and eggnog for vodka and water.”

His challenge is set to finish on May 5 in Belfast, but until then he has 131 race miles to cover and hundreds more in training. If you want to keep track of Andrew or donate, you can do so by following his 12-in-12 Twitter account, @12in12forISIS.