One man’s challenge to run the London Marathon is not only to see how his time compares to the last time he competed 24 years ago but to raise money for his second cousin’s fund-raising campaign, Jake’s Splash of Delight.
Michael Clark, a member of Hastings Athletic Club, is nearing the completion of his training programme to run the London Marathon this Sunday (April 26) and hopes to raise a ton of sponsorship money to help Jake achieve his dream of a hydrotherapy pool.
Jake’s mother, Becky, Michael’s cousin, set up the appeal to get Jake a small hydrotherapy pool to ease the pain he suffers in his legs from cerebral palsy.
Michael, 48, say’s he’s looking forward to the challenge. He said: “I ran this race in 1991 in 4hours and 9 minutes when I was a mere 24 year old whippersnapper. I’m feeling excited and nervous and very proud to be raising money for Jake who truly is an inspirational, amazing young man.”
Becky says Michael is a real hero, adding: “He loves Jake to bits and after he won an entry ticket at Hastings Athletic Club’s Christmas Dinner, he has devoted himself to training hard and raising nearly £1000 sponsorship money.”
Becky said Jake has been experiencing some recent back pain and hopes it won’t be too long before they reach the target of around £26,000 needed for the hydrotherapy pool. The total raised to date is £16,233.
Becky added: “Michael ran a (literally) blistering personal best time at Hastings Half Marathon and attracted the attention of Lawrence Neill, owner of TheTriStore.Com shop in Eastbourne, where he was recently presented with a free, top of the range pair of running shoes to make him go even faster! Thank you Lawrence, Hastings Athletic Club, Hastings Round Table and everyone who is sponsoring Michael.”
For information on the appeal or to sponsor Michael, visit; https://www.facebook.com/jakessplashofdelight