Colin running for mum Pat

Colin Gray has set his sights on the Virgin London Marathon.
Colin Gray has set his sights on the Virgin London Marathon.
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MARATHON runner Colin Gray has picked up his running shoes for the first times since his school days in the hope of raising more than £3,000 for charity.

Colin (54), of Seas End Road, Moulton Seas End, is gearing up to take on the 26.2-mile course for the Virgin London Marathon on April 22.

He will be running in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Colin explained: “My mum Pat died in August 2008 from Motor Neurone Disease so I wanted to help the charity and give something back to them.”

Motor Neurone Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones.

This leads to weakness and wasting of muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility in the limbs, and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing.

Pat lived with the disease for three years before she died.

Changing jobs at the end of last year has meant Colin now has more time to concentrate on his marathon challenge, which was something he says he had thought about but never dreamt it would become a reality.

He said: “I’m not going to try and break any records but when I started I thought I could do it in five hours. I’m bang on target for that with my training runs.

“The atmosphere will help a lot. The training runs are very hard on your own. I’m doing about 13 or 14 miles at the moment.”

Completing the event will also be a double celebration for Colin, who will be enjoying his 55th birthday the day before.

To sponsor Colin, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/colingray3000.