Dad launches marathon goal in thanks for char­ity’s help

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A DAD wants to re­pay a char­ity which helped his lit­tle girl by run­ning a marathon in its name.

Chris Wor­thing­ton, from Hurds­field, has al­ready raised thou­sands of pounds for When You Wish Upon A Star, which sup­ported his daugh­ter Poppy’s bat­tle with a brain tu­mour.

The life­long Manch­ester City fan made head­lines in 2013 when he was spon­sored to have a Manch­ester United tat­too on his arm.

He fol­lowed that up by tak­ing on the Manch­ester 10km in 2015 and his com­mit­ment to train­ing saw him drop from 19 stone to 14 stone.

Now, Chris, 47, is up­ping the stakes to take on a 26 mile test at the Liver­pool marathon.

Ear­lier this month, he ran a half marathon in Black­pool as part of the build up.

Chris said: “I felt great af­ter Black­pool so I feel ca­pa­ble of tak­ing on the marathon, which is prob­a­bly go­ing to be the best and worst thing I will ever do.

“My first and last marathon I reckon.

“I joked that I got the tat­too be­cause I couldn’t run a marathon. Then I saw peo­ple were run­ning marathons for the same char­ity I was sup­port­ing, and thought, I should do some­thing like that.”

Chris has now lost a whop­ping six stone in weight through run­ning.

He said: “I feel and look like a dif­fer­ent per­son. I run every day if I can and feel an­noyed if I don’t get out for some ex­er­cise. It’s such a change from what I was like be­fore.

“By the time of the event it will have taken me al­most two years of re­lent­less train­ing.

“My daugh­ter Poppy has been given so much by this won­der­ful char­ity. I want to give some­thing back to a char­ity that does so much for chil­dren.”

You can spon­sor Chris at www.just­giv­ing.com/ mars­bar­tomarathon.

●● Chris Wor­thing­ton and Poppy af­ter last year’s Manch­ester 10k

●● An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed new homes

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