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DYNAMIC businessman John Gosling has helped the work of a local charity by raising £5,735 in two long-distance running races.

Mr Gosling, 48, clocked up a combined total of 5 hours, 20 minutes and two seconds covering the Reading half-marathon and the Virgin London Marathon – raising the equivalent of £17.92 a second or just over £1,075 per hour.

With all the donations now in, the money has gone to the Rainbow Centre in Fareham, which supports children with cerebral palsy and adults with a stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

John, operations director at Wickham-based TJ Group, the waste management and commercial recycling specialist, only took up the endurance sport in earnest last year.

He said: ‘The Rainbow Centre does a truly inspirational job for children and adults with physical difficulties. Everyone was so generous in donating, with the business community digging deep, that my original target of £3,000 was smashed by £2,700.’

He completed London in 3:41:42 and Reading in 1:38.20.