Geoff Collins, 58, from Guilden Sutton is running his year’s London Marathon on Sunday, April 26, for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.

Father of two, Geoff, who is married to Lyn has run other marathons before, and has always wanted to run the London Marathon, but couldn’t get a place through the ballot system however this year Clatterbridge offered him a place to run for their charity.

Geoff, a project engineer at United Utilities in Ellesmere Port said: “I have always wanted to run the London Marathon and I’m finally succeeding at the age of 58.

“I’m raising money with grateful thanks for the wonderful care and support my brother-in-law John received at Clatterbridge and also in memory of my friend Will.

“My challenge is a big one in a short space of time, to raise over £5,000. I have received tremendous help from friends, colleagues at work, not forgetting my very fit and active Dad at age 89, a retired Shell pensioner has been helping with the fundraising.

“I think I must get a lot of my energy from my Dad! I would really appreciate any help from your readers to help me reach £5,000. Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/Geoff-Collins1/

“I am also writing an online blog recording my training and preparation for the event at geofftherunner.wordpress.com”

Sam Archibald, event manager at Clatterbridge said: “We’re really proud of Geoff, and of course all our supporters who are so dedicated to Clatterbridge. Geoff has been ceaseless in his fundraising efforts for the London Marathon and this is on top of his training to make sure he is ready for the big day. He’s doing so well and the London Marathon is such an amazing experience, we can’t wait to hear all about it.”

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