A MARATHON runner is set to pound the pavements of London in memory of friends and family.
James Watson is to compete in the famous 26-mile race later this month and has set himself a target of raising £2,000 for Maggie’s Cancer Care Unit in Nottingham, after witnessing first hand the work they do whilst treating his aunty and a close friend before their deaths.
The 46-year-old rolled his sleeves up on Saturday at Matlock Sainsbury’s and bag-packed with the help of 11 members of his family and friends, and raked in more than £400 in the space of just four hours.
He said: “The people were very, very generous, many thanks to shoppers. It’s an amazing amount in my opinion!
“I was struck just how kind and generous people are.
“I was also impressed by the friendliness and hard-working people who work on the tills.
“As well as ask for money we were able to tell people about the support that Maggie’s Cancer Centres provide to sufferers and their families and friends.”
The surveyor from Kirk Ireton has now raised almost half of his target amount and is managing to combine the fundraising with his intense training.
He added: “Training is going okay – I am a regular runner around where I live so I hope the Derbyshire hills will have provided me with a reasonable level of fitness!
“I ran a marathon in 1999 which seems like a long time ago but enjoy running in the many and varied local fell and road races that are organised around Matlock, Ashbourne, Belper and Wirksworth.
“I’m very much looking forward to it, although I cant imagine what it will be like to be in a race with thousands of others.”
Maggie’s, which has centre in Newcastle and Nottingham, offers unconditional support to those suffering with cancer, and to their family and friends who it can often affect.
He added: “I hope I can reach the target, I am almost half way but would welcome further donations.”
n To help James raise money for Maggie’s, visit his online fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JamesWatson_Maggies