JOE Cruttenden will be running a marathon on April 21 but not on the streets of London.
The 33-year-old, who works at Eat @The Stade cafe, will be taking on the 26.2-mile challenge on a treadmill at The Stade.
He hopes that the support of colleagues, customers, friends and family will give him the mental strength to reach the ‘finish line’.
All money raised will go to Play Sense, a newly established group which aims to open an inclusive family play centre in the Hastings area which will provide accessible facilities for children and young people with physical and learning disabilities.
Play Sense provided Eat @ The Stade with a range of equipment such as specially adapted cutlery and mats, for disabled children to use at the cafe.
Joe, who already has two marathons under his belt, and also completed the Hastings Half Marathon this year in preparation for his upcoming challenge, said: “Physically, running on a treadmill will be easier than running on the road, but mentally it will be tougher because I won’t be going anywhere.
“I am hoping there will be a lot of friends and family supporting me.”
Joe aims to start running at 10am, and hopes to complete the marathon within four hours.
As well as the spectacle of Joe on the treadmill outside the cafe, throughout the day children’s entertainer Bob Butler will be keeping youngsters amused, there will be music from local band Dorey the Wise after Joe has finished running, and a raffle with prizes including meals for two, hairdressers voucher and bottle of champagne.
To support Joe in reaching his fundraising target of £500 visit www.charitygiving.co.uk/treadmillmarathon.