MANCHESTER DIARY
Why Josh is going on the run this year

FOR some, one long-distance race a year is daunting. But for 25-year-old Whitefield-born Josh Rose, that is nothing.

For the son of Mandy and Nicholas Rose is taking on the exhausting task of running 12 of them in 12 months for charity.

He said: “Having never exercised in my life I signed up for the Great Manchester Run in 2016 on a whim and started training for that.

“I managed to do 10k in 49 minutes on the day and realised that I quite enjoyed running.

“Now, two years later, I run every morning before work and, since I’m training for 12 races, I’ll be increasing my distances and having to train on the weekends too.”

The executive assistant for a London-based education charity is aiming to raise £1,200 for 12 different charities — six he picked and six picked by family, friends and colleagues.

His first two races will be the Victoria Park 10k in London on Sunday, January 20, followed by the Run Through Hyde Park on Saturday, February 16.

He added: “I like to push myself and do things that are difficult or scary.

“I once made myself do a skydive in New Zealand and also made myself give blood, which is my absolute number one phobia in life.

“I’m feeling excited, motivated and ready to start my first race.

“The atmosphere at these events is always amazing and I’m sure each one will give me a kick to keep on training for the next.”

He has so far selected 10 of his 12 charities — including Target Ovarian Cancer, Jewish Association for Mental Illness, Kidney Research UK and Dementia UK — and would like Jewish Telegraph readers’ suggestions for the final two.

* To suggest, email acailler@jewishtelegraph.com

* Details: tinyurl.com/JoshRoseJT


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