A Haverhill man is in the final stages of preparing to run his first marathon in London next month.
Charles Hudson, 32, has been in training for months - and raising funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care - in preparation for the event on 17 April.
“Running the London Marathon was a personal goal – something to cross off the list of things to do – and obviously for a worthy charity as well. The Hospice does such good work and has helped people I know,” he said.
“The training has not been too bad. I had a setback over Christmas when I had a tendon injury, came down with the flu and snow meant I couldn’t run, but my tendon is now fine and everything is back on track.
“I just want to get round and finish the 26.2 miles. If I can do it in under five hours that would be brilliant.”
Charles is aiming to raise at least £2,000 for the Hospice and on Saturday, 26 February, a quiz was held at Haverhill Golf Club to help boost his fundraising total.
The event, led by quizmaster and Hospice Community Fundraiser Ian Norris, raised £800. Quiz teams pitted their wits against some tough questions, while enjoying a buffet prepared by Jon Grimwood, the club’s chef.
Karen Wilby, club manager, said more than 80 people – a combination of members and guests - took part in the event, and a good night was had by all.
Ian said: “The quiz, of course, was excellent even if some of the questions might have been a bit too difficult for some. Now, Charles is not far off hitting his target so I urge people to sponsor him. The Hospice will be grateful for every single penny he raises.”
A sponsorship form is at Haverhill Golf Club, or go to www.justgiving.com/charles-hudson