Lewis set for mega-marathon (sore) feat

Aylsham runner Lewis Blois will be putting a few miles behind him over the next few days – 182-plus.

Lewis, 37, is planning to run a phenomenal seven marathons in seven days and will start his feat in Aylsham on Easter Monday, April 22.

He and his running buddy Jon Norman, 40, from Costessey, are both chaplains at Norwich City FC and Jon is lead pastor at Norwich’s SOUL Church.

They are raising money to build a home on Heartsease Lane, Norwich, for the church and the SOUL foundation which helps some of the most under-privileged local people with food, clothing, education, mentoring, companionship and practical support.

“I have previously done five marathons to raise money for Parkinson’s UK as my grandfather suffers badly from the disease,” said Lewis. “Jon has also done two marathons and an ultra-marathon but let me assure you, neither of us are runners. We do not enjoy running and neither of us do it for fun, this is purely a sacrifice we are making to achieve the goal to help build the new facility.”

Lewis was brought up in Aylsham and went to John of Gaunt and Bure Valley schools. He moved back to the town last May with his family and his son plays for Aylsham FC under-13s.

“We wanted to keep the runs local to allow people to join some of them,” Lewis added.
“We have involved Norwich City FC in two of the runs as they are fully behind what we are doing and what we are trying to achieve. “The last run we do will be between the current SOUL church site on Mason Road and the new site at Heartsease which we will run to and back five times.”

The pair started training in May last year and over the past six weeks they have managed 70-100 miles a week.

Lewis added: “A highlight will be arriving at Carrow Road before the game with Blackburn to hopefully be part of a promotion party!”

* To support Lewis visit: https://www.give.net/My7in7LewisBlois

Jon Norman and Lewis Blois

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