Dedicated Stephen is ready to run a triple marathon

Steve Ayling celebrates his finish in the '''Great South Run
Steve Ayling celebrates his finish in the '''Great South Run

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Dedicated Stephen Ayling is busy training as he plans to run three marathons for charity.

The logistics manager from Stamshaw is raising money for Children With Cancer.

He says the charity became close to his heart when his friend’s nine-year-old daughter passed away in 2007 after a two-year battle with cancer.

This will mark the eighth year 51-year-old Stephen has run for Children With Cancer and he aims to really push himself to raise more money.

He says: ‘It takes a lot of dedication to run a marathon, especially a triple one.

‘I’ve been training since December and in the past three weeks alone I’ve run 38 miles.

‘You have to be willing to sacrifice your time and spend a majority of it training, but I don’t mind.

‘My pain pales into insignificance compared to what the children at the hospital suffer and that is what keeps me going.’

Not a stranger to marathons, Stephen has run all over the country and participates in 10 events a year.

He has run the London Marathon twice and he was one of 25 representatives who helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Great South Run last year, having taken part a total of eight times.

Stephen says: ‘Seven years ago, I would never have thought I’d be doing all this.

‘But now I can’t stop running. I love it.’

Stephen will be running his three marathons in London, Paris and Edinburgh, with London the first one on April 13.

Stephen says: ‘I’m looking forward to all three marathons, but I’m really excited about Paris.

‘I’ve never been to Paris before and there will be more than 46,000 people participating in the run.

‘I’m looking forward to running with all the different nationalities.’

Stephen hopes to make £2,000 and is well on the way to reaching his goal having already raised £1,500.

‘Sometimes it can be really difficult to get people to sponsor you, especially with there being other charities around that also need help,’ he says.

‘Last year I only managed to raise £800 from the London Marathon, but this year the support has been great.

‘People have really taken to me doing a triple marathon and I’m overwhelmed with all the generosity I’ve received.’

If you would like to help Stephen reach his goal, you can donate to his fundraising page at virginmoneygiving.com/SteveAyling.