The manager of the Sixfields Hungry Horse pub in Northampton is getting ready to pound the streets of Paris for charity after being accepted to take on a marathon in the French capital in April.
Mike Williams, who only took up running around a year ago, has entered this year’s Marathon de Paris on Sunday 12 April, which will see him run the 26-mile course starting along the Champs Elysees, passing the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower before finishing in sight of the Arc de Triomphe.
He will be running for two charities with all money raised split between them evenly. The first, Children with Cancer UK, is a charity very close to his heart after his daughter Justine, now 19, suffered from rare cancer retinoblastoma as a baby. The second is Macmillan Cancer Support, chosen by Mike because of its charity links with Hungry Horse.
In between working at the Sixfields Mike has been training by running between 25-30 miles a week. He completed both the Great Manchester run and the Robin Hood half marathon last year but this will be his first attempt at the full marathon distance and he is setting himself a target of finishing in around four hours.
Speaking about the challenge he faces, Mike said: “I am looking forward to the marathon in Paris and am really pleased to be running for two very good causes. It feels particularly good to be able to give something back to Children with Cancer UK, after everything that Justine went through when she was young.
“The support I have had from the customers at the Sixfields has been brilliant and hopefully I will do everyone proud.”
Mike has set a fundraising target of £1,500 for his run, if you would like to help him reach his goal visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/MikeWilliams22.