Student’s marathon effort for charity

MARATHON MAN James Hughes is to run in memory of his grandfather Wilfrid Potter, inset. Picture: Sarah Standing (13150-6629)
MARATHON MAN James Hughes is to run in memory of his grandfather Wilfrid Potter, inset. Picture: Sarah Standing (13150-6629)
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INSPIRED by the memory of his grandfather, James Hughes is in training to run the London Marathon.

James, 19, from Warsash, will take part in the race in April.

Wilfrid Potter

Wilfrid Potter

He hopes to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of his grandfather Wilfrid Potter, who died in October 2003.

James hopes to finish what his father Bob Hughes started.

Bob had to pull out of the London Marathon last year after he stepped on a plastic bottle and fractured his ankle.

James, a sports student at Southampton Solent University, was watching the race with his mother Sue and they were waiting at the halfway mark to cheer him on.

James said: ‘After about five miles we noticed that he was slowing down.

‘We started to worry when we saw people in costumes going past.

‘Then we found out from the ambulance service that he had gone over on a Lucozade bottle. They are all over the road. He had run about six miles on a fractured ankle.

‘I know how hard he trained for it and I thought “I’m going to finish it for him”.

Bob, 50, said: ‘I’m very proud of James and his determination to finish.’

The pair ran the Great South Run together and hope to complete the Portsmouth half-marathon on Sunday, February 17.

James said he had learned from his father’s accident and will be on the watch out for discarded bottles. He also encouraged people to take the tops off their bottles before throwing them on the ground so that they collapse if stepped on.

James is hoping to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, which helped his grandfather Wilfrid before he died.

He said: ‘I’ve heard from my mum that they were excellent at taking care of him. I was really close to him so I want to raise money for them.’

James has set up a fundraising page and already has £176 of sponsorship, but he wants to raise at least £500.

He said: ‘I didn’t know how much to set, being a student it seems like a lot of money.

‘I hope to raise at least £500. I am incredibly grateful to the people that have already donated. It’s just really brilliant to see that people are supporting me.’

To support James visit virginmoneygiving.com/JamesHughes93.