A personal trainer will tackle the London Marathon for the second time as he aims to raise money for a children’s cancer charity.
Ryan Holder, 27, ran the 26.2 mile course through the nation’s capital in 2012, but will take in on again come Sunday (April 12) as he aspires to raise £1,800 for Children With Cancer UK.
The LNP Training personal trainer, based at Real Bodies Health and Fitness gym in Hollands Road, hopes to complete the course in under four hours.
He gained entry through one of the charity’s golden bond places, but wants to support the cancer charity as grandfather Bill Elgood died from pancreatic cancer in 2012, aged 85.
“Two of the three charities I applied to were children’s cancer charities, as well as the British Heart Foundation, and I’m glad I got this one as it’s the charity I really wanted to run for,” said Ryan, from Minster Road, Haverhill.
“Both my brothers have little ones, so I have a niece and a nephew, and when I ran in 2012 I ran in memory of my grandad for another cancer charity, so I always pick cancer charities before anything else.
“Now that I have a niece and nephew I wanted to do it for a children’s cancer charity because I know it would be horrible if either of them got cancer.
“No child should have to suffer through that.”
Ryan has been in training for some time, but plans to make London 2014 his final marathon
“I’ve been running long distance for the last three years, but this will be my last long distance run because of my knees,” he said.
So far Ryan has raised more than £1,200 as he approaches his target of £1,800.
In 2012 he managed to raise £2,400.
You can sponsor Ryan online by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com and then searching for his name on the homepage.
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