Marathon men raise thousands for Parkinson's charity

Marathon men raise thousands for Parkinson's charity

Runner: James McKechnie

Runner: Callum Worsfold

Diagnosis: Ian McKechnie

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Richmond and Twickenham

A teenager raised more than £2,000 for a Parkinson’s disease charity when he ran the London marathon at the weekend.

Callum Worsfold, from Cobham, whizzed through the 26.2-mile course in three hours and 27 minutes for Parkinson’s UK.

He joined a 225-strong team of athletes who ran for the charity on Sunday, April 13.

The charity hopes to raise more than £315,000 to continue with its research to find a cure and improve the lives of the 127,000 people in the UK who are with the disease.

James McKechnie, 28, from West Byfleet, raised more than £3,380 for the charity after his father, Ian, had the condition diagnosed in 2007 at the age of 59.

He completed the race in five hours and 14 minutes.

He said: “Have wanted to run the London marathon for a while, so I’m pleased to have achieved my ambition.

“The fact that I could also support a fantastic charity like Parkinson’s UK at the same time made the experience even more worthwhile.

“I am delighted to have completed the course and I’ve enjoyed the whole experience. The adrenalin rush you get from the crowds and supporters while you are running is like no other.”

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