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10 marathons, 10 days, £10,000

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TWO veterinary surgeons are hoping that this year's London Marathon will mark the final leg of a charity fundraising challenge.

Carolyne Crowe and Brian Faulkner have set themselves the target of running 10 marathons in 10 days to raise £10,000 for the equine welfare charity Brooke.

Carolyne Crowe training for her marathon challenge with the help of her husband Ollie, children Angus and Kitty, and Nahla, the family's dog

Photograph: Simon Pizzey

The ‘Ten2London’ challenge begins in Whaligoe in northern Scotland on April 14 and will end on April 23 in London.

Mrs Crowe, a performance coach and mentor for vets, says that, having worked as an equine vet, Brooke seemed an obvious beneficiary of her efforts. ‘I like the ethos behind Brooke in that by helping horses, mules and donkeys in developing countries, you are also helping to support the communities that depend on them for their livelihoods.’

She also has a few other reasons for undertaking the challenge: ‘I will be 40 in 2017 and I wanted a big challenge and this seemed as good as any! I also believe in creating stories to tell my grandchildren and I'm sure a few good ones will come from this adventure.’

Mr Faulkner, the current president of the Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons, said that, for two people who only ran their first marathons last year, the challenge was ‘a pretty big project’.

‘The training is coming on pretty well, but there aren't enough hours in the day. The reaction so far has been interesting . . . most people think we are mad; some say we're brave and the odd few say they have been inspired. Just to complete this challenge will be an achievement, but to do it and raise £10K for Brooke will be amazing!’

The dates and locations of the 10 marathons can be found on the pair's sponsorship page at

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