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Lincoln fundraiser runs seven marathons in brother’s memory

A Lincoln man is taking on the challenge of a lifetime in memory of his brother, who sadly died in 2008.

At age 19, Lincoln Head Boy, sportsman and university undergraduate, Adam Gibbons, died after suffering an unexpected brain haemorrhage.

In the years since his death, Adam’s brother Ben and family set up the Adam Gibbons Sports Foundation and have since donated over £40,000 to help young sportspeople.

Adam Gibbons, who died unexpectedly from a brain haemorrhage in 2008.
Adam Gibbons, who died unexpectedly from a brain haemorrhage in 2008.

In a coast to coast challenge, beginning Monday, August 11, Ben Gibbons (27), from Cherry Willingham near Lincoln, will complete seven marathons back-to-back.

The route will begin at Morecambe and will finish in Skegness at the end of the week.

Ben, who works at a school in Lincoln and runs the charity in his spare time, said: “I have been considering running from coast to coast for a couple of years now.

“Three friends and I cycled from John o’Groats to Lands End in 2010 and since then I have been trying to think of something challenging that could match that or top it.

“It’s going to be extremely tough but I am hoping to raise £1,500.

“The charity means everything to me and between Adam’s friends and family we have made the charity a big success over the past 6 years.

“So far, we have donated over £40,000 to young sports men and women across Lincolnshire and this has gone a long way to keeping Adam’s memory alive which is the main aim of the foundation.

“We have held several fundraising events since setting up the charity, many of which I have been involved with. These include charity balls, football days, sponsored triathlons, half marathons and skydives amongst others.”

Ben will be documenting his journey on Facebook.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the cause can do so via Ben’s JustGiving page.