A MANSFIELD grandfather is preparing to run three marathons in three days to raise money for people with cystic fibrosis.
The marathons are to take place back-to-back in early April for the 65 Roses East Yorkshire charity to contribute towards the gene therapy fund.
Cystic fibrosis is one of the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited diseases with five babies being born with the condition every week.
Mansfield granddad Tim Richardson has raised more than £600 so far and will be running from Mansfield to Lincoln, Lincoln to Scunthorpe and finally from Scunthorpe to Beverley.
The 48-year-old said: “I’ve been waking up at 5am most mornings and have been running on and off for years, so it’s now become second nature.
“You just have to put one foot in front of the other and not think about anything else.”
Tim, of Chester Street, is no stranger to running long distances after completing the London Marathon in 2009 while raising £1,000 for a children’s ward at King’s Mill Hospital.
His one-year-old granddaughter Billie Grace had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis within weeks of being born and is the biggest motivation for Tim, who also works at Marston’s brewery in the town.
He added: “It’s been tough on her but you would never know about it because she’s such a happy little girl, she’s really looked after well by her family and the doctors have been really helpful.”
The money raised will go towards the gene therapy fund which is a drug that prolongs lives and, in time, may offer a cure for sufferers of the disease.
The marathons are to take place on 5th, 6th and 7th of April.
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