Marathon man’s inspiration

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A man will run the London Marathon for St Catherine’s Hospice in memory of his best friend’s mum.

Jonathan Bubb, 25, of Maidenbower, entered the race in aid of the hospice after it took care of his life-long friend’s mother.

Jon met Jacky Watson after befriending her son Ashley in primary school at the age of five.

Jacky died in 2012 from cancer.

Jon said: “Ashley’s really happy that I’m running for his charity, his whole family are happy as well.

He added: “She was one of my best mate’s mum.

“She used to look after me when I was a child. That’s when it really hit home really because she spent a lot of time there [the hospice]. It was quite a sad time.”

Jon’s sponsors have selected “punishing” songs for him to play during the run in April, including the original ‘Chicken Dance’ song.

He said: “Some of the songs are awful - they’re classics.

“It’s just to punish me because everyone know I’m quite a keen runner - they are trying to make it harder for me believe it or not.”

He added: “They know I like a challenge.

“They are all very supportive and trying their best to help me.”

Anyone who makes a donation to his JustGiving page of £10 or more can add to his playlist.

Jon will be joined by his older brother Matthew Bubb, 26, who is also fundraising for St Catherine’s Hospice.

Jon said Matthew was also “quite active” through his job as a coach for Brighton and Hove Albion FC’s under-18s.

The brothers will be racing each other for “bragging rights”.

Jon said: “There’s always that competition - we enjoy it.

“Him being the older brother always used to win.

“He thinks he’s fitter anyway. It’ll be good to show him up.”

Jon has attempted to enter the London Marathon for the last six years.

He said it was a “great relief” to be able to take part in this year’s event.

He added: “I always wanted to do something like that, especially the London Marathon, it’s quite unique.”

Jon aims to complete the race in under four hours. To contribute to his fundraising, visit