Marathon man to support IBS charity

A runner suffering from irritable bowel syndrome is set to run 22 half marathons and three full marathons in a bid to raise cash for a Sheffield-based charity helping people living with the chronic condition.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 10:11 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 3:46 pm
Jeff Finnie is taking on a marathon challenge for IBS Network

Jeff Finnie, aged 52, decided to take on the gruelling challenge in a bid to raise cash for the IBS Network, a Sheffield-based charity which helps people suffering with the chronic digestive condition, irritable bowel syndrome.

Jeff took up running as a hobby five years ago after tipping the scales at 14 stones, but was dealt a devastating blow in his fitness journey when he was diagnosed with IBS.

However, he did not let his condition deter him and, after making changes to his diet, he continued the hobby he enjoyed.

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Jeff Finnie is taking on a marathon challenge for IBS Network

Speaking about the challenge Jeff said: “I’m really looking forward to taking on this epic journey in my life and I hope it all runs smoothly, without pain or injury.

“I hope my friends and family will get behind me once again and help raise money for the charity I have chosen – this time it affects me in my life, not just in my running capacity.

“IBS is a relatively silent condition that many of us have, but it doesn’t get mentioned much. If I can also raise some more awareness of this condition and how to live with it, then I will be very appreciative of all your efforts.”

Jeff has already completed the Valencia marathon and as part of his journey is set to take on marathons in Sydney culminating in the famous New York Marathon in November.

As part of his challenge Jeff will also return to Sheffield next month when he takes on the Sheffield Half Marathon.

Jeff said: “Through talking about this condition and sharing with fellow sufferers along the way it has become an easier way of life than the suffering I was made to think was normal way back at the beginning of my journey.

“So, now aged 52 I feel as if I have got my life back, on my terms and in my control.

“The next chapter in my life is about to start, as I embark on this new challenge.”

You can read more about Jeff’s challenge and his progress and donate at

The IBS Network is a national charity for IBS, offering information and advice.