Marathon effort for Archie
A POLICE officer from Chalfont St Giles is hoping to raise nearly £4,000 for a local charity by running the London Marathon.
Father of three Paul Franklin, who turns 37 on April 17, is raising money for Action4Archie, a charity set up by the parents of one young sufferer to raise funds for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Mr Franklin, from The Lagger, said: “I approached Louisa Hill and said I want to run the London Marathon for you.
“I may as well do it for somebody who’s local and someone who needs it.”
Action4Archie was founded by Louisa and Gary Hill, from Nortoft Road, Chalfont St Peter, after their son Archie was diagnosed with the muscle wasting disease at the age of four.
Mr Franklin’s original target of £1,000 was surpassed easily, and it currently hovers around the £3,000 mark – he now hopes to raise £150 for every mile that he runs.
He said: “I felt I needed to do it for Archie, to raise some money for a good cause.”
Training has been going well, he said, and he has ‘enjoyed the challenge’ of it.
“I’ve surprised myself with the dedication to do it, but that boils down to the fact that I’m running for someone,” he added.
“You get to the point where you don’t want to let anyone down.
“It drives you on, even when you feel you don’t have any energy.”
Starting his training back in January, Mr Franklin described himself ‘as a bit of a runner’ but is now ‘getting to the point’ where he just wants to race.
His dedication to the cause has been so great he even ran while on holiday in Dubai.
The race itself, he said, will be very fun but also very emotional, and he has been spurred on by the support of locals: “People see you out running and they honk their horns and wave. It does help.
“It’s quite humbling because all I’m doing is running a marathon, there’s harder in life.”
His sister Nicola Brown, 33, from Aylward Gardens, Chesham, said: “I’m very, very proud. Every time I think about it I get really emotional, to the point where I’ve cried about it.
“It’s an amazing achievement. He’s put in so much hard work.”
She said her brother is excited but also nervous, and there will be about 15 family members – all wearing Action4Archie shirts – cheering him on the day.
Mrs Brown added: “He probably is the only one in the family that would do this, so we need to make sure he’s really well supported, so I’ve been lobbying everyone together to get the support.”
Visit www.justgiving. com/Frankersdoesthe marathon2016?utm_ id=13 to show your support.
Father-of-two Matt Fowler, 47, a professional photographer who is nicknamed ‘The Bald Runner,’ competed in his first of three marathons on Sunday (April 10) when he took on the Manchester Marathon on behalf South Bucks Hospice at Home.
He will follow this by running in the Brighton Marathon this Sunday (April 17), and then the London Marathon the week after that – all in aid of South Bucks Hospice patients.
On Tuesday, April 5, grateful hospice staff went in to High Wycombe town centre to hand out posters to shops and market traders, and garner support for his epic feat.
Greengrocer Nathan Bushay was among those