Marathon man Butter third of way through epic worldwide challenge
By Jack Tarrant
TOKYO, Aug 12 (Reuters) - British ultra-runner Nick Butter is almost a third of the way through a journey that will see him attempt to run a marathon in 196 countries to raise money in the battle against prostate cancer.
Dorset man Butter is currently in Mauritius ahead of marathon number 64 and has 132 to go to finish his 5,130-mile challenge.
The inspiration came from a chance encounter with fellow runner Kevin Webber, who has been running marathons himself since being diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 2014.
“I didn’t know Kevin but I was staying in the same tent as him and we got on really well,” Butter told Reuters by email.
“He was not only one of the most positive and happy people I've ever met but he made a huge impact on me and how I live my life.
“Then I found out that Kevin has terminal prostate cancer and was given as little as just two years to live. So I wanted to do something to help.”
Despite the obvious challenges associated with endurance running and being away from home for so long, Butter said the biggest test had been the logistical battle.
“Emotionally it can be very draining but I am loving every second of it and am meeting some incredible people along the way.”
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