Loved-one’s Alzheimer’s battle inspires Tim to tackle virtual London Marathon along East Devon coast

A dad-of-three will run the virtual London Marathon along the East Devon coast tomorrow (Sunday, October 4) inspired by his father-in-law’s battle with Alzheimer’s.

Tim Wigram, of Rawridge near Honiton, is taking on the challenge to boost a charity striving to find a cure for the ‘terrible’ disease.

Tim, who celebrates his 46th birthday today, will set from Lyme Regis and take on a 29-mile route to Exmouth Lifeboat Station that takes in Axmouth, Seaton, Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton.

He is raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

While only 100 elite athletes will actually be running in London tomorrow, Tim will be among thousands of others taking part closer to home.

He said of his reason for taking on the challenge: “My father-in-law, Robert, has suffered from Alzheimer’s for the last 14 years.

“It’s truly heart-wrenching to watch someone very dear to you and indeed, their family, suffer from this terrible disease, so the sooner a cure can be found the better.”

Tim’s Lyme Regis to Exmouth run has 3,700 feet of elevated running – more than the equivalent of climbing Mount Snowdon from sea level.

He is no stranger to the activity and can often be seen on the Blackdown Hills with fellow members of Honiton Running Club.

Tim, who runs organic soup business Rod & Ben’s in Exeter, said: “I only decided to do this event three weeks ago when I realised that I wanted to do something different for my birthday while also raising money for a charity close to my heart.

“Between 2012 and 2018, I actually ran 17 marathons so this isn’t my first, but with the hills and more hills, the coastal footpath and the steps on the route, it is going to be one of, if not the most, challenging run’s I have taken on to date!”

“I am being joined by my 12-year-old daughter Bebe for bits of the run, friends from Honiton Running Club and my trusty dog Silas, so I am sure they will all encourage me through the more challenging times.

“My family and various friends are also coming along to cheer me through the various beautiful towns and villages.”

Tim is set to leave Lyme Regis at 8.30am and hopes to finish in Exmouth at around 2pm.

He added: “Given the hills in the run, I shall be very happy to get home in under the five-hour mark.

“Everyone thinks I’m mad, but most importantly, and very much from my heart, I must a say a huge thank-you to everyone who has supported me, their support is a massive motivation for me and will ensure that I finish with a big smile on my face.”

You can support Tim’s charity bid here.

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