MEET Rik Robinson, a dad-of-two who decided pushing himself to the limits in one marathon this year wasn’t quite enough of a challenge. Instead, Rik hopes to cross the finish line of 12 different marathons.
Rik, from Stainland, will race 12 marathons in 12 months this year – 2012 – and hopes to raise £2,012.
Marathon man Rik works as a special needs co-ordinator at Royd Hall School in Huddersfield and is running all 12 for the Forget Me Not children’s hospice in Bradley.
He chose the hospice as it is the school’s charity of the year.
Rik, 34, is a keen runner with Calder Valley Fell Runners but road running is a new challenge for him. He ran the London Marathon in 2007.
“I just wanted to do something different and to see if I can do it,” said Rik.
“I’ve always run but this is a different type of challenge”.
He completed his first run in Liverpool on New Year’s Day. “I didn’t abstain over Christmas and about two days before the first marathon I thought I’d better stop. I went really well in the race until the last six miles, when cramp kicked in,” he said.
He finished in four hours 14 minutes and has six weeks before his next marathon in the Cotswolds on February 19.
In May he will pound the streets of London and other marathons, including running 26 golden miles of his home town Blackpool, putting his fell-running skills to the test in the Lakeland Trails around Coniston and a picturesque 26 miles around Windermere in the Lake District.
“There’s lots of variety before December,” he said.
Rik is being cheered on by his son, Joe, four, and daughter, Niamh, six, as well as wife Fiona.
He is also planning a showstopping finish to his exploits in December – but the details are being kept under wraps for now.
To dig deep and sponsor Rik in his mammoth effort, visit www.justgiving.com/12in12in2012.