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Power worker’s marathon challenge

An Ipswich power worker is hoping to plug in to an extra spark of energy when he runs the London Marathon on Sunday.

From Press releases - 28 September 2021 12:00 AM

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Jens Doncaster has spent two and a half years training for the event and is hoping that on the big day he won’t need the help of the charity he is raising money for – St John’s Ambulance.

Jens, 35, is an advanced electrician for UK Power Networks and since the New Year he has been training five times a week, out in all weathers as well as in his home gym. 

He said: “It hasn't been easy as I started training in 2019 for the 2020 marathon, due to the pandemic It got delayed six months, then a further year. It has been both physically and mentally tough, spending many hours away from my wife Maddie and two kids, Kai and Finley. Their support has been incredible.”

Jens has already raised more than £1,400 for the first aid charity and is hoping to get nearer to £2,000. He added: “Through my family and friends racing speedway over the years the St John Ambulance have played a big part ensuring the best treatment is given after a bad accident. By raising money to support them it is a thank you for what they have done and continue to do in all events and emergency situations.  They will be at the London Marathon to provide this care and service as well as many other events which wouldn't go ahead without them.”

Jens, who has a justgiving page, last ran a marathon in Ireland in 2016 and said he would never do a marathon again. “This time I mean it. I'm aiming for a 3hr 15 minute finish, definitely my last marathon!”