Local man to run the London Marathon for The Lord’s Taverners
An IT professional from Pontcanna, Cardiff is running the London Marathon to raise money for Wales’s biggest sporting charity.
Ben Wigley is hoping to raise £2,100 for the Lord’s Taverners by taking part in the 26 mile race this Sunday (April 13).
Ben has set himself the target of completing the race within four hours, despite having injured himself during training.
Having already conquered the Cardiff Half Marathon and others, Ben was originally inspired to take on the race after seeing his wife Malika complete the New York marathon back in 2007.
In preparation for the race Ben is now predominantly training at his local gym in Sophia Gardens, as he is still recovering from his injury.
Despite the setback, he is still determined to finish the race and raise as much money as possible for the charity, who aim to give disabled and disadvantaged children ‘a sporting chance’.
All of the money that Ben raises will help change the lives of children across Wales and will contribute to the charity’s provision of sports equipment’s, specially adapted minibuses and funding.
Ben, who works as Head of IT Management for gocompare.com, was encouraged to participate in the race by his friend Ed Meggitt- chairman of the Lord’s Taverners Wales.
He said: “The London Marathon is something that I have always wanted to do and I’m really pleased to be able to do it and also raise money for such a worthy cause at the same time.
“It has been tough fitting in training around work and taking care of three small children and the injury has been a hindrance to say the least, but I’m determined to overcome it and try and enjoy the race.”
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