Marathon man’s big challenge

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An enegertic Sutton man has taken on not just one marathon - but TWELVE.

Gary Bird already completely his first marathon in his 2015 mission to help raise funds for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.

He ran the Wilmot Wander - which is actually 32 miles. He said this would make the rest of the challenge a little easier.

He decided to take on the mammoth challenge in memory of Luke Morton - who died in February, 2013, aged just 20.

Luke’s tragic death was caused suddenly by death was caused by a genetic disorder which triggered a disturbance in the electrical current in his body.

There is a simple screening process which shows whether a person has genetics for sudden cardiac arrest syndrome to occur - which is not currently compulsory on the NHS.

But cash raised can help fund a screening programme for the target age group in the area,

Gary, of Sutton-In-Ashfield Runners will now take on take on Belvoir Challenge, Caythorpe Canter, White Peak, Boston to Skegness, Robin Hood marathon, Spires and Steeples, and finally the Cornwall Costal Marathons which are three in three days.

Luke’s mum, Suzanne, said she was grateful to Gary for raising money as well as awareness of the genetic disorder.

She said: “It’s so humbling to think that Gary - who I had not met until a few months ago - is willing to put so much time and energy into this charity.

“It really is so touching and I am so grateful to him.”