Haverhill hairdresser to take on three marathons in six weeks for charity

Jo Rosenwold is running three marathons in six weeks, all for St Nicholas Hospice Care ANL-150503-121220001
Jo Rosenwold is running three marathons in six weeks, all for St Nicholas Hospice Care ANL-150503-121220001

Most people who have only ever run one marathon would probably not look to take on three more in the space of six weeks - but for Jo Rosenwold that’s not the case.

Last year Jo, from Hamlet Road in Haverhill, completed the London Marathon in four hours and 45 minutes, raising £2,500 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

It was her first and so far only 26.2 mile running event, although the Haverhill Running Club members has completed a number of 10km and 5km races.

On April 26 she will return to London for this year’s marathon, but in the six weeks building up to it she is also taking on the marathons in Barcelona on March 15 and then Brighton on April 12.

All three races will be run to once again raise money for the hospice.

But why do it?

Jo, the owner of Just Cutz in Queens Street, said: “I was doing Barcelona anyway and I didn’t think I would get a place in London so I booked Brighton and then I subsequently got a charity place through St Nicholas Hospice, so I couldn’t really say no.

“I’ve done four months of training. I did my long run (the Tarpley 20) three weeks ago so that’s fine.

“When I’ve done Barcelona that means that I will have done another 26 mile run and in between I’ve got four weeks of rest and then from Brighton to London I’ve got two weeks.

“Once you’ve done the first one all the training will be in place for the next two, but I have never done three before.

“Anything better than last year’s time will be fine this year.”

The 45-year-old raised the £2,500 from last year’s London Marathon purely by having a charity bucket at her shop, and it was so successful she is doing the same this year - so no need for a Justgiving page.

Jo, who last weekend ran in the Cambridge half marathon, has already received £1,700 in donations so far for her 2015 marathons.

She had hoped that her husband David - a non-runner - would join her in the London Marathon, but a knee injury has ruled him out of the race.

Jo went on to explain why she is doing it all for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

She said: “With the London Marathon all the big charities get so many places, whereas St Nicholas only get five.

“It’s going to be for a local charity where local people can see the benefits of the money going in.”

If you would like to donate money to Jo pop in to Just Cutz, which is next to the dental practice in Queen Street, just off the Cangle Junction roundabout.