Northampton man tests himself by signing up for London Marathon through charity close to his heart

‘It is something I have always wanted to give a go'

Friday, 26th March 2021, 9:45 am
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 5:04 pm

A Northampton man has challenged himself to take part in the London Marathon for a charity very close to his heart.

Jai Gohil has earned a place through Crohn's and Colitis UK in the October race after several years of trying to sign up.

But the 39-year-old marketing professional, who has Crohn’s disease, is not a much of a runner so the 26.2 miles around the capital will be a test for him.

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Jai Gohil

“I have always played a lot of sports but I’ve never been a runner or enjoyed it,” he said.

“But I’ve applied for the marathon for seven years and it was something I have always wanted to give a go.”

Jai said he was very thankful to get a place in the iconic race through the charity which he said is close to his heart.

But seeing as he has never completed a marathon before, he now faces the daunting task of months of training.

“I’ve just been doing Couch to 5K at the moment to build myself up as I didn’t want to go straight into a running plan,” he said.

“But then I will follow a London Marathon training plan to prepare myself as best I can.”

Jai hopes his challenge will help to raise awareness of Crohn’s disease, which he was diagnosed with aged 23.

Crohn’s is an incurable, chronic condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system and can lead to abdominal pain, diarrhoea and fatigue.

“It has had a huge impact on my life and no one can prepare you for the emotional challenge,” he said.

The condition has tested me both mentally and physically, leaving me with loss of confidence, experiencing dramatic weight loss and feeling physically drained.

However, over time, I have learnt to live with the condition, ultimately making me a much stronger person.”

As well as the training, Jai has to raise at least £2,500 for the charity to earn his place in the marathon.

He has already collated just over £1,100 with much support from his friends and family so he is confident of reaching his goal.