A LORRY driver from Newton is gearing up to run the London Marathon – in honour of his mum.
It will be the first time Alan Tyrer, 43, has taken part in the 26.2-mile run, which takes place on April 17.
He was inspired to take up the challenge to raise awareness of the plight of multiple sclerosis sufferers and their carers.
“My mum has had MS for the past 34 years and me and my sister Joanne just wanted to do something to raise awareness of the condition,” said Alan, who is also hoping to raise £2,000 for the MS Society.
“She is organising a massive charity ball in Knutsford and I’m doing the London Marathon – I’m not sure who’s got the best deal!”
A keen runner, Alan, has already completed several 10k races and half-marathons, including the Great North Run, but he says nothing has prepared him for the demands of marathon training.
“I once trained for 10 weeks for a half-marathon, now I’m doing them every weekend,” he said. “I’ve been training hard and so I’m aiming for a time of anything under four and a half hours.”
Dad of one Alan, who will be cheered on by wife Louise, added: “I am pleased to be taking part in the marathon to help raise awareness of MS and to help people like my mum who has MS.
“I’m most looking forward to the whole atmosphere of the event, and being able to give something back to a charity that has a special place in my heart.”
MS is a disabling neurological disorder affecting around 100,000 people in the UK.
To sponsor Alan, who has been sponsored by Bowness Pharmacy and P&G Plumbing and Heating, visit his fundraising pageuk.virginmoneygiving.com/AlanTyrer
Tickets are still available for charity ball on Saturday, March 26 at Mere Golf and Country Club. For details email email@example.com or call 01606 212 958.