Reformed smoker hits the road

Pete Blomfield
Pete Blomfield
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A DAD who ditched his 30-a-day habit when his son suffered lung damage is hoping he can inspire others to do the same by tackling two races.

Pete Blomfield, who lives in Ore, is taking part in both the Hastings Half Marathon and the London Marathon after falling in love with running during a fitness drive.

The 41-year-old has supported a 30-a-day habit for 26 years when, in 2007, his son Thomas was born prematurely.

Among a host of health complications, the tiny tot had problems with one of his lungs - leading Mr Blomfield to ask himself serious questions about his smoking problem.

He decided to knock it on the head and took up running as a way of getting his fitness back, joining Hastings Runners in 2009.

That group put him in touch with AGAPE - a charity which provides support for profoundly disabled young people with physical and medical needs - and he will be aiming to raise as much money as possible for the charity during the two races.

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