Made in Chelsea star runs 50th marathon in 50 days in Gloucester

Ultra-athlete, campaigner and TV personality, Joshua Patterson, is striding out to raise £1 million for the Samaritans by running 76 marathons, in 76 cities, in 76 days — with race number 50 taking place in Gloucester.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
Joshua Patterson's marathon route took him through Gloucester Docks.

He rose to fame in glamorous TV show Made in Chelsea, but now Joshua Patterson is hoping to make a name for himself with a world-record breaking attempt to run 76 marathons, in 76 cities, in 76 days.

On Monday 17 April 2023, he pounded the streets of Gloucester to complete his 50th marathon in as many days.

Having completed the Manchester marathon on Sunday, before he set off from Hardwicke he said: 'Today is a huge milestone, I'm so excited to start today's marathon.'

The dad of one started his challenge to raise money for the Samaritans on Monday 27 February 2023 in Inverness in Scotland.

His marathons have taken him over to Northern Ireland, through England and into Wales — and he's been running in all elements, including snow and rain.

Gloucester proved tough for the celebrity runner. As he ran alongside the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal towards the city centre, he told fans on Instagram: 'This is so tough. I feel like every bit of energy was sapped from my body yesterday. I'm finding it hard to form momentum. I think if I started walking I'd stop, so I'll just keep going.'

His motivation for the gruelling challenge is the hope of raising £1 million for the charity, so that no-one has to face mental health problems alone.

He said: 'Samaritans has a base in every single city that I will be running through. Mental health can affect anyone, anywhere, at any time.

'This is why it is so important to me to run through all four nations. Showcasing everyone coming together, ignoring boundaries. Collectively, we really can achieve anything. If I can make a difference, to stop someone losing a loved one, friend, colleague, then I have reached my goal.'

Patterson, who has battled with mental health since his teenage years, is set to finish his challenge in London on Sunday 13 May 2023.

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