Horse Racing Sustainability By Jon Ivan-Duke

Chocolate and Chips Fuel Man To 7 Marathons in 7 Days!

Racing enthusiast John Reay has completed an incredible challenge of running seven marathons in just seven days around British racecourses – and he did it with a diet of beer, chips and chocolate! 

The charity fundraising effort in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund and Great North Air Ambulance saw the 37-year-old from Carlisle run a total of 183.5 miles around seven British racecourses. 

He ran a combined time of 26 hours and 26minutes – and ran all seven marathons in under four hours! 

Speaking as he crossed the line at Stratford Racecourse, John said: “It’s been the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life and every part of me hurts. There were times that I just wanted to stop running but when I hit the wall I just thought about the likes of Freddy Tylicki who can never run again and all the other injuries that jockeys can get. I’m glad the money we are raising can help the Injured Jockeys Fund and Great North Air Ambulance continue their amazing work.”

John is a lifelong racing fan and secretary of the Six Thix Racing syndicate. He first started thinking about raising money for charity after the tragic injury of JT McNamara at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival and decided to put his thoughts into action after jockey Freddy Tylicki was paralysed after a fall at Kempton Park in October.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just paleo diets and clean eating that’s required to run a marathon. In fact, during the marathon challenge, John has consumed sausage and chips, jacket potatoes, pasta, pints of Guinness, full English breakfasts, 1.5litres of Coca Cola a day and lots of chocolate!

Personal trainer Ian Harkness, who advised John during the 7 in 7 Challenge says, “I wouldn’t recommend eating and drinking what John’s been having over the past few days to anyone who isn’t doing a serious endurance event. He has had to consume 6000 calories a day just to keep his energy levels up and you just can’t do that on what you would usually call healthy foods. If you exercise enough, you can have those treats like chocolate and chips.” 

Organiser and Six Thix Syndicate member Ian Milburn has helped to arrange logistics for the event and is proud to have consumed 6000 calories a day despite not running an inch of the marathons!


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