Treadmill marathon has charity at heart

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AN ENERGY-sapping treadmill-marathon in Hucknall town centre won the backing of shoppers — and provided a timely boost to a fundraising campaign by a local dad.

Dave Marsden (35), of Montague Road, Hucknall, took to the exercise machine outside the T8’s wine bar and cafe on Central Walk.

He completed a gruelling distance of 26.2 miles in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The stunt was part of his build-up towards taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday April 22, which the dad-of-one will also tackle in aid of the BHF.

During his four-and-a-half-hour treadmill-challenge, Dave collected £424 from donations, sponsorship and well-wishers. It takes his overall total past the £1,200 mark.

“I’m really pleased how things have gone so far,” said Dave, who works as a photographer. “I got a lot of support from people in Hucknall and from my family and friends.

“It was a pretty tough challenge because it was hot on the day. It really started getting tough from the 19-mile mark. I think that was down to the boredom of being on the treadmill for so long.

“It was obviously worth it. But we are really changing the pace with our next fundraiser — a challenge to guess how many sweets are in a jar!”

The fundraising effort by Dave is in honour of his father-in-law, Clive Wilcox, who died at the age of 55 in April 2009 shortly after the birth of Dave’s daughter, Evie, who is now three.

Mr Wilcox died from a heart problem after undergoing operations to replace faulty heart-valves. He had also been diagnosed with cancer.

Dave, who is married to Bel (37), has previously completed a 200-mile bike ride and the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for charity.

He is targeting a total of £2,000 for BHF. Donations can be made by logging on at

OUR PHOTO shows Dave in the middle of his treadmill-marathon, being cheered on by T8’s’ joint owners Cathy Tomlinson (left) and Kelly Wright (right), plus Dave’s wife Bel, daughter Evie and friend Georgia Wright — DISPIC NHUD12-0651-1.