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Dave Makes Marathon Debut to Raise Cash for Cancer Research

Debut Marathon Man Raises Cash For Cancer Research 2A West Midlands Hospital engineer completed his first full marathon to raise over £1200 for Cancer Research UK.

Dave Watts took part in the Birmingham International Marathon just one month after his dad Tony passed away from the illness.

The 32-year-old was a late entrant for the high profile event in Britain’s second city and he was cheered on every step of the way by family and friends.

Dave has completed numerous half marathons and fun runs but this was the first time he had entered a gruelling 26.2 mile event.

The marathon was part of the newly formed Great Run British Marathon series and it attracted thousands of runners from across the globe.

It started at the Alexander Stadium, home of British Athletics, before the course took in some of Birmingham’s most iconic landmarks before finishing in the city centre.

Dave, of Great Barr, said: “I had done some training in the run up to the event but I had to put it on hold when my dad was taken really ill.

“I was determined to go ahead and take part though as I wanted to do something to support Cancer Research UK which is a cause which is very close to my heart.

“When I crossed the finish line I felt an enormous sense of achievement and I was delighted to take part in such a fantastic event where the crowd were unbelievable throughout and really spurred me on.”

Patients can pay privately for hip and knee surgery at West Midlands Hospital, be referred through the NHS or fund treatment through private medical insurance.

Cancer Research UK is the world’s largest independent cancer research charity and researches into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Aston Villa fan Dave added: “I’m very grateful to everyone who has supported me and made donations to Cancer Research UK.

“I’m looking forward to entering more marathons and other half marathons to raise money for Cancer Research and other charities in the future.”

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