Tim gearing up for marathon

A WARSOP businessman who was given a new lease of life 12 years ago after having an artificial hip fitted is taking part in this year’s London Marathon to raise money for charity.

Fifty-nine-year-old Tim Novell, of Leeming Close, has run several half marathons in recent years but the gruelling 26-mile trek around the streets of London will be his biggest challenge yet.

Tim is now busy building up the mileage ahead of the lung-bursting run on 17th April.

“I have never covered this distance before, and have been in training for the last three months, it’s going slow, it’s painful and I’m picking up a few strains along the way but I feel I’m getting there, all be it slowly,” he said.

“I’ve applied to do the London Marathon for the last four years and as I’m turning 60 in May, I thought this would be the last year I’d apply and luckily enough I got in.”

Tim, who is a general manager at Dale (Mansfield) Ltd in New Houghton, had his orthotic hip fitted in 1999.

He said: “I was coming to the age when I was having problems with my hip and thanks to a caring doctor I was given a new lease of life and mobility. I was able to run and play sport again, and with this I have gone on and raised money while running several half marathons including the Great North Run and Mansfield Half Marathon.

“Securing a run in this year’s London marathon is my swansong.

“I’ve watched it on television for many years and thought I’d always like to take part - afterwards I’ll only be taking part in shorter 10km runs.

“I’m really looking forward to it and confident I’ll finish the race, I’ve got family coming down to support me on the day so it will be a special occasion.

“I’m running each week around Warsop, Shirebrook and Cuckney and my longest run so far has been 16 miles and I’m building up the mileage.”

Tim has chosen to raise money for Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance Service - the helicopter medical emergency service which covers around 3,0000 sqm, and wants to raise around £500 for the medical charity in the coming months.

“They are a very good charity and do a lot of good work and help so many people who have been in accidents, so I thought why not?” he added.

l To sponsor Tim at the London Marathon visit www.justgiving.com/Tim-Novell.