A DARING dad has set himself a marathon challenge of completing five mammoth runs this year in aid of a friend who was diagnosed with cancer.
Paul Cook from Doncaster, has just completed the Humber Bridge Half Marathon, and next the fitness fanatic will be taking on the Great North Run in September. Then he will really crank it up when he takes on three marathons in as many weeks, as part of his 100 mile challenge.
Despite only ever having completed one marathon before which was London’s 26-mile trek last year, the 38-year-old wanted to do as much as he could for friend Dave Crittenden, 45, of Balby, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January.
Paul, of Woodfield Plantation, Balby, has so far raised £2,000 towards his £10,000 target.
“Several of my family and friends have been affected by cancer in the last few months. One of my closest friends Dave is currently undergoing chemotherapy,” said Paul who has two sons Ben, 11, and five-year-old Evan.
“Dave was misdiagnosed in the past. He was told he had a bad back and everything else but when he lost lots of weight it was obvious something was wrong.
“So, that’s why I’ve picked Cancer Research UK as the charity to run for because it funds the work of early cancer detection.
“The marathon I’ve just done was really hard because the weather conditions went from one extreme to the next with it being rainy and sunny.
“I also wore two large arrows with the Cancer Research UK logo on them which were really difficult to sort out when I was running. We’ll have to make them a bit more sturdy for next time.
“Before then I’d only ever done the London Marathon when a mate of mine bet me to do it. I didn’t think I was much of a runner but after that I really got into it.
“To go from one marathon to five is a bit of a crazy idea but if it raises the money for such a good cause then that’s what matters.
“If anybody can help me out with sponsorship or donations, that would be fantastic.”
Paul’s other marathon attempts will include the 26-mile courses in Mablethorpe and Liverpool
Cancer Research UK is also the chosen cause of the year for Tesco - for which Paul works as a warehouse manager at the supermarket’s distribution centre in Goole.
For more information on Paul’s challenge or to donate to his worthy cause visit www.justgiving.com/Paul-Cook5