A Grantham father of three is celebrating after conquering the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday.
Nick Rossington, 49, completed the iconic 26.2 mile course in three hours and 27 minutes in his dad’s honour and to help Cancer Research UK.
And so far he has raised around £4,000 for life-saving research to help more men, women and children survive the disease.
Running a marathon by the age of 50 has been a lifelong goal for Nick, not just because he is 49, but because his father, Denis, has cancer and Nick wanted to run for him.
Cancer forced Nick’s father to give up the life he loved. He had spent most of his life on the family farm in Caythorpe and always planned to end his days there. But cancer made him too ill to carry on and in October he had to leave his beloved farm for good.
Nick said: “The run went really well up to mile 20 when I got cramp and then I really struggled with the last 6.2 miles. I was aiming to complete it in under three and a half hours and came in at three hours 27 minutes and three seconds so I was really pleased.
“Running the marathon was absolutely amazing. The atmosphere and occasion was something that I had never experienced before.”
Cancer Research UK is hoping to raise around £2.5 million through the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon, which will help to accelerate research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
To celebrate being the official charity for this year’s event, Cancer Research UK has designated 2015 a special year of running and is inviting people of all ages and abilities to help raise vital funds by taking on a running challenge.
As well as helping people to get into shape becoming more active also has longer-term benefits, as research shows that regular, moderate physical activity reduces the risk of cancer. Not only does it help people to keep a healthy body weight, it also has a protective effect in itself.
Helen Jackson, Cancer Research UK’s Head of Sports, said: “It’s thanks to the generosity and commitment of people like our amazing Marathon runners that our doctors, nurses and scientists are able to go on making progress in the fight against cancer. But there’s still so much more we need to do.
“That’s why we hope anyone who has been inspired by the Marathon will pull on their trainers and take on a running challenge for Cancer Research UK. It’s about strength in numbers. Cancer’s big, but united we’re bigger.”
To support Nick visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/NickRossington
For more information on Cancer Research UK’s running events go to cruk.org/support-us/find-an-event