Treadmill challenge outside town-centre bar

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A DETERMINED dad from Hucknall is lacing up his running shoes to take on a four-hour treadmill-challenge for charity — a month before also running the London Marathon.

Dave Marsden (45), of Montague Road, will set up the treadmill outside the T8’s cafe and bar on Central Walk in the town centre on Saturday March 24.

He will aim to complete 26.2 miles — the same distance he will be faced with on the run in the capital on Sunday April 22.

The treadmill stunt will be in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) — the same cause that will benefit when photographer Dave takes on the world-famous London race as part of the BHF Heartrunners team.

His motivation for backing the charity comes from the death of his father-in-law, Clive Wilcox, at the age of 55 in April 2009.

A former member of the Army, Mr Wilcox died in Bristol Royal Infirmary because of a heart problem. He had previously had operations to replace two heart valves and had also been diagnosed with cancer.

“I have been inspired to raise money for the BHF because of what happened to Clive,” said Dave, who is married to Bel (37) and has a daughter, Evie (three).

“It is such a good cause and I hope I can do it justice with both the treadmill run and by taking on the London Marathon.”

Dave is no stranger to raising money for charity, having completed the Three Peaks Challenge and a 200-mile bike-ride from Bristol to Bradford.

He has also raised cash for the Yorkshire-based cause, Andrea’s Gift, in aid of those with brain tumours.

Added Dave: “I would love to see people there at the treadmill event to give me motivational support and also to donate to the charity.”

Dave is targeting a total of £2,000. You can sponsor him by logging on at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/davidmarsdenlondon.

OUR PHOTO shows Dave training in his BHF top