Preston dad's marathon achievement

A Preston charity runner has several reasons to be proud of his achievement of completing his first London Marathon.

Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 4:35 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 4:43 pm
Jamie Wareing during the London Marathon 2018

Jamie Wareing, who lives in Ingol, had taken up long distance running to follow in the footsteps of his father who died in 2015 after completing a city fun run.

And Jamie, who is a city council refuse collector, conquered the capital spectacle to raise funds for a charity cause because his two-year-old daughter suffers from a rare genetic condition.

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Frances, Elsie and Jamie Wareing

The 30-year-old clocked up an impressive time of three hours 48 minutes in scorching conditions in London.

He said: “It was tough, we could have done with another week of rain. I’d been training up here in wind and snow so to run with the temperature above 20 degrees made it difficult.

"But the support was fantastic, I had my earphones in at first but couldn’t hear any of the music because of the noise from the crowd.

“I had my name on my vest and people were cheering us on from mile one right through to the end.”

Frances, Elsie and Jamie Wareing

Jamie’s dad Derrick was himself a marathon runner who died months before Elsie was born.

His endurance efforts have helped raise more than £3k for the Tuberous Sclerosis Association (TSA). And he is now hoping to enter an overseas marathon after completing the Manchester half-marathon in May.

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex is a genetic condition that can lead to growths in organs of the body, but those most commonly affected are the brain, eyes, heart, kidney, skin and lungs.