Man to run marathon for Welwyn Garden City disability charity

PUBLISHED: 16:02 16 February 2019

Jacob Hoy is running the London Marathon in aid of Herts Action on Disability. Picture: supplied

Jacob Hoy is running the London Marathon in aid of Herts Action on Disability. Picture: supplied

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The grandson of the former mayor of Welwyn Hatfield has chosen to raise money for a disability charity at the London Marathon.

Jacob Hoy is running the London Marathon in aid of Herts Action on Disability. Picture: suppliedJacob Hoy is running the London Marathon in aid of Herts Action on Disability. Picture: supplied

Jacob Hoy is taking part in this year’s London Marathon, and when he needed advice on which charity to fundraise for, he turned to his grandmother, councillor Pat Mabbott, former mayor of Welwyn Hatfield.

Cllr Mabbott herself has already raised £6,000 for Herts Action on Disability (HAD) in 2016, when she was mayor.

“I wanted to raise money for a local charity and I asked Pat if she could recommend one,” Jacob explained. “It only took a moment for her to nominate HAD because of how they helped look after my grandfather Terry after he had a stroke about ten years ago.”

Jacob, 31, works as head of sales and partnerships at the New Skills Academy in Hertford, and is up to speed with his marathon training regime.

“I’m running about 34 miles a week and have already run the half-marathon distance of just over 13 miles,” he said.

Jacob has set himself a target of finishing in four hours for the full marathon on 28 April.

He also plans to take part in the London Landmarks half-marathon at the end of March.

With luck sports-mad Jacob should reach his target.

He plays six-a-side soccer once a week at John Warner School in Hoddesdon, golf once or twice a week at Cannonsbrook Golf Club in Harlow and works out at the gym five days a week.

You can sponsor Jacob by visiting his JustGiving page at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jacob-hoy

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