'Sara's been my inspiration' says marathon man Des

PUBLISHED: 11:20 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 26 October 2009

Des Burke has been inspired to run the marathon by a family member

Des Burke has been inspired to run the marathon by a family member

A FATHER-OF-TWO is set to run the Flora London Marathon inspired by a family member who was left wheelchair-bound after a stage accident. WGC man Des Burke will trudge around the 26 miles and 385 yard course in a bid to raise almost £2,000.

A FATHER-OF-TWO is set to run the Flora London Marathon inspired by a family member who was left wheelchair-bound after a stage accident.

WGC man Des Burke will trudge around the 26 miles and 385 yard course in a bid to raise almost £2,000 for the Spinal Injuries Association, a charity that helped his wife's cousin.

Sara While, who used to go to Sir Frederic Osborn School, WGC, fell while acting on stage in Ireland damaging her spinal cord.

Although occasionally able to move around on crutches, she is now largely restricted to her wheelchair.

Her brave fight with disability has featured previously in the WHT.

Des, who lives in Somersham with his wife Melanie, hopes to complete the race in less than four hours and says he is looking forward to crossing the finishing line.

He said: "I'm not a marathon runner and I have not run that distance ever, but to be honest I can not wait to finish because it takes up so much of your life.

"I have been running home from work in Ware to WGC which is about eight miles.

"It has been a real challenge and it is a really good thing to do but the training has been hard."

He told the WHT that Sara's plight had inspired him in the build up to next Sunday.

"Sara's cause is something that has really touched the family and inspires you during training."

To sponsor Des go to www.justgiving.co.uk/desburke


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