Virgin London Marathon 2013: Late entrant makes up for lost time

PUBLISHED: 08:26 21 April 2013

Des Thomas

Des Thomas


MORE than 35,000 runners will be pounding the streets of the capital in the Virgin London Marathon 2013 today (Sunday). Here the Welwyn Hatfield Times profiles one of the Hertfordshire runners competing in the marathon for a cancer charity

AFTER originally being rejected, it was not until late January that one man found out he would be competing in the 2013 Virgin London Marathon.

Desmond Thomas had applied to run for a number of cancer charities but had no success.

However, in January he got a call from Children With Cancer UK asking him to race for them.

The 43-year-old said: “It was a bit short notice and I have had to do a 12-week crash course in marathon training.”

But as this has been a lifelong goal, he was more than happy to accept the challenge.

Des, who lives in Heronswood Road, Welwyn Garden City, has been training most evenings after he has got home from his job, in Milton Keynes, and put his two boys to bed.

“Most of my training has been at around eight or nine at night but on Monday I did manage to run for 21 miles,” he added.

The project manager is nervous about the day but is up for the London challenge. So far he has managed to raise more than £1,000 for his charity.

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