Tim’s marathon effort along East Devon coast nets £1,000 for Alzheimer’s Society

A Honiton runner inspired to take on the London Marathon by a loved-one’s battle with Alzheimer’s has raised more than £1,000 for a charity striving to find a cure.

Dad-of-three Tim Wigram completed the ‘virtual’ race – and a few miles more – along the East Devon coast Sunday, October 4.

Rawridge resident Tim finished a gruelling 9.75-mile route from Lyme Regis to Exmouth in just over six-and-a-half-hours.

He embarked on the challenge to raise cash for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Tim, who turned 46 the day before the challenge, has watched his father-in-law Robert suffer from the progressive disease for the last 14 years.

He said: “The full run from start to finish actually took in no less than 5,035ft of hills which was a little more than I anticipated.

“In terms of the actual London Marathon distance, my time was clocked at five hours and 56 minutes and there was around 4,500ft of hills at that stage.”

Honiton East Devon Tom Wigram before he set off on his virtual London Marathon fundraising effort . Picture Tim Wigram

Tom Wigram before he set off on his virtual London Marathon fundraising effort . Picture Tim Wigram

He added: “My target was to raise £609 and I did have my heart set on reaching £725 or more!

“To see the amount raised pass the £1,000 mark really is incredible and I cannot thank enough those who have sponsored me.

“I am also so very grateful to family and friends at Honiton Running Club for their amazing support.”

Tim sad of the reason he took on the marathon mission: “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.”

Only 100 elite athletes were able to compete in the capital on Sunday due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tim was among thousands of others taking part closer to home.

You can find out more about his charity effort here.

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