Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 January 2013 16:41
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Elm Road resident David Pitron is facing the challenge of a lifetime as he gears up to run the London Marathon in under 4 hours.
David, 39, ditched the pizza takeaway, lost 2.5 stones, had a month without alcohol and put on his running shoes in preparation for running 26.2 miles in the London Marathon to raise £10,000 for “Hope for Children” on April 22nd
"I managed to get a place on the London Marathon –. I hope to raise money for my target but need the help of the people of Penn & Tyler’s Green!”
“The hardest time for training was the long dark nights and cold mornings; I have run more than 450 miles around the streets of Penn in my training so far! I have to admit it is taking a fair amount of will power to drag myself out of bed at 5.30am to fit in a run before work, but I feel good about it once I have finished!”
“My chosen charity is Hope for Children –which caught my imagination as a charity because I can raise money for a specific childrens project in Uganda, it’s not just sending in a cheque to a big name charity, this fundraising means that I will see exactly what every penny of the donations I receive will be spent on. “ "Everyone I have spoken to so far has been really supportive and very generous. I aim to raise over £10,000 and so far I have raised around £7,000 so I still have a long way to go. If you are able to sponsor David by visiting his online fundraising page on www.justgiving.com/davidpitron
David has run the marathon 3 times before, London in 2001 (4 hrs 55mins) where he raised over £2500 for Health Unlimited and 2003(4 hrs 56 mins) where he raised over £2500 for The British Lung Foundation; and Canberra in 2008 (4hrs 09 mins)
David successfully entered a ballot to take part in the Olympic Park Run- a 5 mile run, so will be one of the first 5000 people to run into and around the Olympic stadium on 31st March and one of the first people to cross the Olympic athletics finishing line; he has also been selected as an Olympic torchbearer -so will be running with the torch on 1st July 2012!
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