A MAN inspired by a teenager’s charity campaign has signed up for the London Marathon to help her raise even more funds.

Tony Mayled, of Upton, first read about Christleton High School sixth former Hannah Jones in the Chronicle.

Hannah, 17, has a brain tumour but despite her treatment managed to pass eight GCSEs and raise nearly £50,000 for the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust.

Tony, 48, said: “Hannah and her family run a marathon every day because of her illness.

“I have two children myself which I suppose brings it closer to home.

“I always wanted to run a marathon before I reached 50 and I was accepted this year.”

Tony, a nurse, has run the Chester half-marathon a few times.

“I wanted to run for a local charity and I can’t think of a better cause than this. It is a small charity and there are only 14 of us running from all over the UK. Some of the bigger charities have teams of physios waiting for you at the end but the trust just doesn’t have that kind of money. There is just not enough going into research.”

Hannah’s mother Diane is also a nurse and her and Tony’s paths have crossed professionally.

Hannah’s father Steve wished Tony well for the challenge: “What Tony is doing is a great achievement, raising awareness of this disease and the much needed research funds. We all wish him well and a time under four hours!”

Tony added: “I have been ploughing through the cold nights and weekends to build up my stamina levels. It’s been hard to motivate myself in the cold weather but I really hope to finish in less than four hours.”

Support Tony at www.justgiving.com/anthony-nayled