A MAN has completed his fundraising challenge of running 60 marathons at the age of 60 for a pair of Hampshire hospices.

Steve Radjen, from Brockenhurst, took on the challenge to raise money for Naomi House & Jacksplace, hospices for children and young adults. At time of writing, he’s raised more than £200,000.

Steve completed his last marathon on Saturday, February 18, by running up to the hospice, based in Sutton Scotney. He was greeted by 50 cheering supporters including visiting children, staff and Steve’s family and friends, who came to cheer him through the final moments of his herculean challenge.

Steve started in August 2022, running his 26.2-mile marathons in all weather conditions. Throughout Steve has still been working full time, getting up at the crack of dawn to complete a marathon and then start work.

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Speaking after he finished his final marathon, Steve said: “It’s been a hell of a journey. I couldn’t have done it without the help of friends who joined me running in torrential rain and blistering heat. My incredible wife, Gerry, has been there for me through the darkest days of the challenge and kept me going.

“I’ve done it for Naomi House & Jacksplace; for the children and families who use the hospices. I’ve been raising money for this amazing charity since 2005 and I’ve been a Trustee there for the past ten years. Thank you to everyone who’s given so generously.”

Mark Smith, CEO of Naomi House & Jacksplace, called Steve’s efforts “an amazing individual achievement”.

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He continued: “As a charity, we are dependent on voluntary contributions from the community, from people like Steve, so that we can keep on delivering expert care and support for the families who need our hospices. Thank you, Steve, you are an absolute inspiration.”

The funds raised will go a long way in helping the charity continue delivering support to the families who use its services.

To find out more or leave Steve a donation, visit his JustGiving page: justgiving.com/fundraising/steve-radjen-60in60at60.