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Charlie aims for marathon double
2:00pm Wednesday 25th April 2012 in News
A HALE man is running two marathons in a week to raise money for the Brain and Spine Foundation.
Charlie Pearson, 57, will run the Greather Manchester Marathon this Sunday April 29, just one week after completing the London Marathon.
The fundraiser is running for the foundation in order to raise awareness of the increased numbers of brain and spinal injuries.
Charlie said: “These types of injuries are more common than people think and I want to raise awareness of this. This sort of charity do not get the publicity they deserve for the work they do.”
Charlie has recovered from a skiing accident at Christmas when he damaged his knee ligaments.
“I put my quick recovery down to the excellent work of Wythenshawe Hospital,” he said.
Charlie has a personal reason for running for his chosen charity - he and his daughter Lizzie were involved in a road traffic accident in 1995. Happily, they both recovered and have both raised money for the cause since.
“My daughter was in a coma. She made a miraculous recovery and charities like this one help people in similar situations,” Charlie said.
Not content with just finishing the marathon this weekend, Charlie wants to beat his time of four hours, 56 minutes set in London last weekend.
“I want to get four and a half hours this time. I wasn’t really pushing myself in London so I think I can do it,” he said.
Charlie is approximately halfway to his £2,000 fundraising target. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/charlie-pearson3