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Jord completes marathon challenge in memory of his friend

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Jordan Schofield has just completed a marathon challenge of running seven kilometres a day, every day, during November.

It was done in memory of his friend, Marcus Watkins, who died in August: “I’ve been running 7K every day during November – I chose 7K because my good friend passed away – he took his own life – and his favourite number was seven. I’m also doing it for the Movember charity which supports men’s mental health,” said Jord.

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Jord Schofield. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

Thursday night saw Jord, 25, pass his 210km target as he was accompanied by friends and family on the final leg to The Star Inn in Wotton-under-Edge.

Marcus played football for Wotton Rovers and was a close friend to Jord: “Marcus was a local legend, we all played football with him, and obviously his loss is quite hard for everyone in the community, so I thought I’d raise awareness and support.”

Cathy Iddles, Marcus’ aunt, added: “Jord and Marcus were good friends and I think it had a massive effect on his mental health when Marcus died, so doing something like this will hopefully help other men talk, be open, and get the support they need, so it doesn’t end in another loss.”

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Cheers – Jord celebrates his epic achievement with family and friends. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

The unrelenting distance was something of a challenge to Jord: “In lockdown I ran most days but never this consistent seven days a week, I took breaks.

“Mentally I’ve been fine, but physically my legs are in absolute bits – but now it’s over I’m looking forward to a rest.”

Jord has smashed his target of raising £1,050, the total standing at £1,950 on Thursday evening.

Further donations can be made at: Movember – Home

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