Marathon ef­fort for Archie

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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

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