Virgin London Marathon 2012: Saffron Walden athlete to run in support of the Children’s Society

FOR Paul Heales, who lives on Ashdon Road, this will be the first time he has tackled the 26.2 mile challenge around the capital.

The 49-year-old told the Reporter he is raising money for the Children’s Society so those less fortunate can get better opportunities.

“I am raising money for this particular charity because it supports young people. Its biggest focus is on run-aways so people who disappear from home.

“The charity supports them and tries to get them back into a normal way of life.

“I have four children myself - they have the best opportunities for a nice upbringing. Lots of other children don’t have those opportunities.”

Having competed in triathlons and duathlons with WaldenTRI, Mr Heales has some experience of endurance racing but admitted training for a marathon is a different beast.

“I have been training since October and it has been a challenge as I’m not cut out for long distance running,” he said. “I can’t wait to run it though; running around the sites in an Olympic year is going to be very exciting.”

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Mr Heales has set a target of �2,500 and is nearing it. To donate, visit