Tom’s ten years, ten days, ten marathons

Tom Fitzsimons (right) who is celebrating 10 years of sobriety by running 10 marathons, raising money for St Georges Crypt. Pictured at Headingley Stadium with Dan Jowett and Cheryl Harrington.
18th August 2017.
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe
Tom Fitzsimons (right) who is celebrating 10 years of sobriety by running 10 marathons, raising money for St Georges Crypt. Pictured at Headingley Stadium with Dan Jowett and Cheryl Harrington. 18th August 2017. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

A former alcoholic is running ten marathons in as many days in a bid to raise £10,000 for a Leeds based homeless and addiction charity.

The epic feat, which is set to conclude in London for the rugby league Challenge Cup final on Sunday August 27, is also the 10th anniversary of the last time that Tom Fitzsimons had an alcoholic drink.

Tom Fitzsimons who is celebrating 10 years of sobriety by running 10 marathons, raising money for St Georges Crypt. Pictured at Headingley Stadium with Dan Jowett.
18th August 2017.
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

Tom Fitzsimons who is celebrating 10 years of sobriety by running 10 marathons, raising money for St Georges Crypt. Pictured at Headingley Stadium with Dan Jowett. 18th August 2017. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

His former drinking partner, Dan Jowett, is now his running partner as they cover a gruelling 262 miles in aid of St George’s Crypt.

Yesterday, the Yorkshire Evening Post caught up with him, almost, as he made his way through Leeds for day two via the Town Hall, Headingley Carnegie and Elland Road.

He said: “I have known about the work The Crypt does for quite a number of years but I was early on in my own recovery but now I feel strong enough to start raising funds for a charity.

“I could have done it for a national charity but when I met these it felt like a community and a family.

“They don’t just feed people, they educate and have rehabilitation programmes.”

Mr Fitzsimons is no stranger to the road after having run across America covering 3100 miles from San Francisco to New York in 130 days in 2013.

It came as he battled his own addiction with alcohol, brought about by a parental death when he was 13 and being bullied as an Irish child growing up in West Yorkshire.

He added: “£10,000 is an ambitious target for a taboo subject but hopefully we will send a message out that we are two working class lads from Wakefield trying to spread a message and people will listen.”

Donate to the cause via https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/sober10

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