Father’s marathon challenge for charity

A FATHER-of-three is putting his best foot forward and running a marathon a month to raise money and awareness for the charity, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).

Alan Naylor, 30, who is training to become a personal trainer, will take part in 11 marathons across the country throughout 2014.

Hoping to raise more than £2,500 to support IWF’s work of removing sexual abuse content online, Alan ran his first marathon of the year, the Heartbreaker Marathon in the New Forest, Hampshire, on Sunday (February 23).

He told the Observer: “I read an article in The Sun about a journalist who spent a week with the IWF, reporting on the work they do. Although it was quite harrowing, it showed how important their work is and that they don’t really get a lot of funding from the government. I have three kids so the issue really resonated with me and it is a really big issue these days.

I have three beautiful children myself and could not imagine the despair, fear and anxiety they would face in a similar situation and it was the vulnerability of these innocent children which I found such a difficult pill to swallow.”

The IWF was established in 1996 by the internet industry to provide a hotline for people to report criminal online content in a secure and confidential way.

And the IWF carries out a number of strategies at a national and international level which aims to minimise the availability of child sexual abuse content online and promotes awareness of global issues.

The proud father’s next challenge is to run the Hastings Half Marathon on March 23 and Alan, whose daily practice includes swimming, running and martial arts, has been training for two hours each day.

The fit 30-year-old added: “I am an extremely active person and I love physical challenges so after giving it some thought I decided that a marathon a month would be a great way of raising some awareness and I could also generate some sponsorship that could go to the great and invaluable work of the IWF.”

Susie Hargreaves, the CEO of Internet Watch Foundation, said: “Alan has set himself an incredibly tough challenge but he runs for a worthwhile cause – the fight against child sexual abuse imagery. Our team are grateful for his efforts and will be cheering him on every step of the way.”

To donate money go to www.iwfmarathonchallenge.com/donate-here.