Published: 24 Mar 2011

A member of staff at Jennings Ford in Stockton will soon be putting his best foot forward when he attempts his third Marathon within two years - and at the same time, will be raising cash for a charity very close to his heart.

46-year-old, Paul Hughes, from Stockton, works as a delivery driver at the group’s Yarm Road dealership.

When he’s not behind the wheel delivering cars for his employer, fitness fanatic and member of Billingham Marsh House Harriers, Paul, has been spending every minute of his spare time undergoing a strict training regime in order to successfully complete the London Marathon and raise cash for local charity, Butterwick Hospice.

In the past, Butterwick Hospice in Stockton supported Paul and his family when a relative became terminally ill and needed compassionate care.

“Running the Marathon and raising the cash, is my way of saying thank-you to all of the tremendous, caring staff at the Butterwick Hospice in Stockton, who were so supportive during a very difficult period,” said Paul.

In 2009, Paul, successfully completed the Isle of Man Marathon in 3 hours 26 minutes and won the Team Event, in the same year he also completed the Dublin Marathon in 3 hours 23 minutes, with his friend, John Bulmer.

Last month, Paul successfully completed the Half Brass Monkey in York and in the past has also completed the Redcar and Cleveland Half Marathon, which saw him raise more than £500 for Middlesbrough Disabled Supporters Club, in addition to taking part in numerous 10-k runs across the region.

This time, Paul, is setting his sights on successfully completing the 26-mile and 385 yard London Marathon, which is due to take place on Sunday 17th April 2011, in 3 hours and 15 minutes and is hoping to raise £2000 for his chosen charity.

Paul’s boss at the Jennings Ford dealership in Stockton, Ray Riaz, general manager, said; “We would like to wish Paul every success in the forthcoming London Marathon, he is extremely passionate about his running and is determined to raise the cash for his chosen charity.”

The London Marathon, which was founded by the former Olympic champion and renowned journalist Chris Brasher and Welsh athlete John Disley, has been held each Spring since 1981. 2011 will see the thirty-first race taking place.

If you would like to sponsor Paul, contact him at Jennings Ford, Yarm Road in Stockton on 01642 632200.

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