A WITHERN man is next month taking on the Brighton Marathon and is aiming to raise £1,000 for a local charity.
Steve Windsor is taking on the 26.2 mile route on April 15 for the Emma Jayne Memorial Fund, which was set up by Sutton on Sea couple Ruth and Tony Knowles after the death of their daughter Emma-Jayne to a brain tumour.
55-year-old Steve is keen to raise money for the cause, as his daughter also died from a brain tumour in 1983, aged just four.
The site supervisor for road construction firm May Gurney only caught the running bug three years ago.
He said: “I had always wanted to do something for the unit at Hull Royal Infirmary as my own daughter died of a brain tumour.
“I heard of Ruth and Tony and contacted them a couple of years ago when I first ran the Brighton Marathon in 2010.
“My employers May Gurney have been very good as they matched what I raised last time I ran the Brighton Marathon. I ran the Stratford on Avon Marathon last year but only bettered my time by a few minutes and came in injured unfortunately.”
Steve’s timely return from a hamstring injury means he is in top shape for the race, and hopes to complete the course in under four hours 15 minutes, which would in itself be a personal best for him.
“I am hoping to raise about £1000 pounds if I can,” he added.
“Mablethorpe Running Club have been brilliant and very supportive the members the there are great always ready to help where they can and offer advice in the marathon training.”
Ruth and Tony’s charity exploits have made the news a number of times in recent years after raising thousands of pounds for their charity which helps buy equipment for the Hull Royal Infirmary’s Neurological Unit.
They organise the annual Emma-Jayne Bikeathon which takes place around the Louth area every summer, this year’s event is on Sunday, July 22.
One of the aims of this year’s fundraising is to pay for a Tissue Embedding Centre which costs £10,000, it helps with the process of making microscopic slides for biopsy diagnostics.
Sponsor Steve by visiting www.emma-jaynememorialfund.co.uk or call Ruth on 01507 441347.