Nottingham student Oscar MacCormac runs 100 miles for charity
A STUDENT who used to weigh 15 stone when he was fourteen years old, will run 100 miles in 30 hours to raise money for charity.
When Oscar MacCormac, now 23, lost his grandmother to lung cancer in 2007, it inspired him to make more of a concerted effort to raise money for charity.
Every year since the her death the fourth year medical student at the University of Nottingham has ran a marathon for good causes.
Over the last five years he has raised more than £6,000 for several charities, but on Friday June 28 he will take on his biggest feat yet.
He will be taking part in a 100-mile run around the Cotswolds which will be completed in 30 hours.
Oscar, who also plays rugby at the University of Nottingham, said: "The furthest I have run before is 48 miles so this will be a big challenge."
Mr MacCormac, who is originally from Southend-on-Sea, has in the past raised money for Cancer Research UK, the Stroke Association and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
But this time around he will be running for the St Vincent De Paul Society - which aims to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need.
Mr MacCormac has in the past volunteered at a children's camp in Essex which is run by the charity.
He said: "I've not been able to volunteer for St John Bosco camp for boys for the last two years and I feel it's definitely time I did something to show my support once again.
"St John Bosco gives children from around the UK a chance to have an adventure filled and exciting holiday that, due to various circumstances in their personal lives, they would never normally experience.
"St John Bosco really is the most incredible place and, as a former volunteer there for a number of years, I have seen where the money raised goes and the genuine benefit it provides to children living in far from privileged circumstances."
His grandmother, Penny McCormac, died age 63 and she was not a smoker.
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