A Chesterfield fan is raising funds for Ashgate Hospice by taking part in the London marathon.
A Spireites fan who was inspired to take up running seriously after competing in the Chesterfield Community 5k Run last summer will be involved in next month’s London Marathon.
David Garratt, who lives in Stonegravels, just a short distance from Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium, will be raising money for Ashgate Hospice when he takes part in the world famous event on April 21.
“I started running at the start of 2012 in an effort to lose weight and get fit,” said David. “I’m a season ticket holder at Chesterfield so the Community 5k Run seemed like a good opportunity to get involved in a race and I’ve gone from there.
“I started running from my house to the stadium and then doing a lap of the stadium and running back. I went up to a mile and then 5K. I progressed to 10k and now I’m doing 20 miles on my long runs, in preparation for London.
“I’m going out four or five times a week and I’m doing about 40 miles a week. I’ve lost four-and-a-half stone since I’ve started after being 16 and a half stone.”
David is thrilled to be given the chance to run in the London Marathon shortly before a landmark birthday. He said: “It’s amazing to have got a place, especially as it’s a week before my 30th birthday. I turn 30 on April 30 so I thought it was a good way to see out my 20s!”
David, who works in the revenues section at Chesterfield Borough Council, explained why he has decided to raise money for Ashgate Hospice. “I had a work colleague who died a few years ago after being diagnosed with a terminal illness and I think the hospice staff do some tremendous work,” he said. “The hospice has also previously been our charity of the year at work and I think it’s a great orgnanisation to support.”
Ashgate Hospice’s corporate and events manager Emily Evans said: “It’s fantastic that David has chosen to support us. We really do appreciate it and we would like to wish David the best of luck.”
To sponsor David, visit www.justgiving.com/david-garratt1 or text DRUN83, followed by a space and then your donation to 70070: eg DRUN83 £5.