Darren’s marathon debut

Darren Fjodor is preparing for the Great Manchester Marathon
Darren Fjodor is preparing for the Great Manchester Marathon

A GENEROUS fund-raiser is getting his running shoes on to complete his first marathon in memory of a tragic young cancer victim.

Darren Fjodor will take part in the Greater Manchester Marathon later this month to raise money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Lily, who died aged 21-months

Lily, who died aged 21-months

The Leigh 27-year-old’s challenge also has a personal element as he will be running in memory of Lily Beswick, the niece of work colleague Michelle Maksymowicz who died aged just 21 months.

Darren aims to boost the funds of ward 84 at the children’s hospital where Lily was cared for.

He said: “I had wanted to do the marathon as a personal achievement but I then decided to tie in doing it for a good cause. From working alongside Michelle I thought the hospital would be a good thing to raise money for. It was something which was close to home because I could see how it affected her.

“The money will go to that specific ward, and with it being a children’s hospital it cares for some really poorly children. The contributions will go towards improving facilities, providing comforts for the children and help for the adults.”

Darren is nearing the end of his training programme with running partner Martin Scally from Atherton, who works at the hospital and met Darren through a jiu-jitsu club.

Darren has twice completed the gruelling 12-mile Tough Mudder obstacle course and has now built his practice runs up to around 22 miles, although he is now beginning to concentrate on shorter distances to aid recuperation before the big day on April 19.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it, there should be a really good vibe. Everybody’s going to be on top note so hopefully there will be a massive turn-out and good weather, not too hot with a bit of sunshine.

“It should be quite a good finale at Old Trafford. There should be more and more spectators building up and music blaring out over the last couple of miles, it should be good fun.”

Darren has so far raised around £260. To add to that total visit www.justgiving.com/Darren-Fjodor/