Debenhams Taunton worker gears up for 100th marathon challenge

Martin Draper.

Martin Draper.

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A HARDY runner is preparing to notch up an incredible century of marathons.

Martin Draper will complete his 100th marathon when he takes part in the Giants Head challenge in Dorset.

The 55-year-old will tackle the course on June 28 in aid of Help for Heroes, as well as the children’s type 1 diabetes charity, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

Martin, a departmental head for Debenhams in Taunton for the past 28 years, said: “I’ve always been interested in sports and physical challenges from a very young age.

“I’ve trekked up Mount Kilimanjaro and to the Everest base camp but unfortunately I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after a virus in 2004, though it hasn’t stopped me running ... in fact, it’s what’s spurred me on to try and reach the 100 marathon mark.”

Martin, of Bridgwater, picked up the marathon bug when he ran in London back in 2002.

His love for the sport has taken him across the globe, seeing him complete marathons in Paris, Singapore, Rotterdam, San Francisco and Venice as well as Dublin and Edinburgh.

In 2012, he completed 23 marathons and by the end of 2013 he had another 29 marathons under his belt, bringing his total to 89.

This year, Martin has already completed the North Norfolk marathon as well as the Flying Fox in Staffordshire, meaning Giants Head challenge will take his total to 100.

Martin added: “My colleagues have always been incredibly supportive of my running – with sponsorship, and encouragement, not to mention accommodating my training and running schedule.

“So this year I wanted to give something back by supporting our partner charity Help for Heroes, alongside the JDRF.”

To sponsor Martin, visit


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