Larne teen completes ‘4x4x48 challenge’ for Marie Curie

A kindhearted teenager from Larne has raised over £1,800 for the Marie Curie cancer support charity after completing the ‘4x4x48 challenge’ at the weekend.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 4:28 pm

Jamie Maxwell (15) took on the gruelling effort which saw him run four miles every four hours over a 48-hour period to raise money for the worthy cause.

The St Killian’s College student was inspired to raise funds for Marie Curie as sadly both his grandparents suffered with cancer.

Speaking to the Times, Jamie’s mum, Orla Magill said: “Jamie has never done anything like this before, but after the success and support from this fundraiser he is eager to do more and raise more money and help any way he can.

Jamie Maxwell.

“He’s a keen footballer and plays for Larne Youth. He’s very fit and trains every day, so he was looking forward to taking on the challenge.

“He feels it was a great mental and physical challenge and feels a lot more confident now to take on new challenges. The support from everyone and the amazing things people were saying about Jamie has made us all so so proud of him.

“Over £1,800 has been raised so far. Jamie set up the fundraiser on Facebook and the money goes straight to Marie Curie. The fundraiser is currently still active so people can still donate.

“The 4x4x48 challenge was invented by David Goggins, a former Navy Seal. There’s four hours between each run, but Jamie had to get up an hour before to eat then stretch before every run.”

Orla added: “After each run Jamie was having to stretch again and sometimes do ice baths, so rest time between each run was limited. He was only winding down then I would get him back up again.

“Jamie’s cousin Brodie Maxwell took part in three of the runs on the final day which was a great support to Jamie. I cycled beside Jamie on the 4am runs for moral support and to make sure he was safe. We took Jamie to several different places to do the runs just for a change of scenery throughout. We were out at Carnfunock, Cairncastle and down at the promenade to name a few of the places.”

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