After struggling with chest pains and poor health, a Haverhill man has set himself the target of running next year’s London Marathon .
Tony Gooding, 39, who has suffered with his health from a young age, is aiming to run the 2016 London Marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Mr Gooding has fought against the odds since his premature birth, weighing just 2lb, in 1976. When he was eight, he nearly drowned in a swimming pool while on holiday in Great Yarmouth.
He had recently been suffering from chest pains having been struggling with his weight.
Heart problems run in the family. Mr Gooding’s brother was born with a heart defect and died young.
Taking this as a sign he needed to change, Mr Gooding has shed five stone and is running between five and six miles every other day. Now, he is aiming to enter the London Marathon.
“I was at the heavier end of 15 stone,” said Mr Gooding. “I’m quite a short bloke. I was getting these twinges in my chest. I decided to act on it.
“It’s always something I have admired. A couple of years ago, I thought, could I do that?”
Mr Gooding will run his first 10k fun run for Macmillan Cancer Support in June in Regents Park. He then hopes to compete in the Haverhalf half-marathon in October.
Mr Gooding chose the charity having lost his grandfather to cancer. He hopes his fundraising efforts will go towards helping other families.
He hopes to secure a place to run in the London marathon in time for his 40th birthday in 2016.
He is looking for support to help him. Members of the public can lend their help to his campaign via his Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/Tony-Gooding/?utm_id=13