Golf professional Stephen Plane has pulled his trainers back on after saying 'never again' post London Marathon 2012. Now the Surrey dad has been persuaded by 7-year-old daughter Abbie to take part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon on 12 October.
Abbie's schoolmate Harrison Smith has been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic condition which affects the muscles, causing muscle weakness. And abbie suggested that Stephen run for Harrison’s Fund, a charity whose goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers working to find a cure for Duchenne.
Cobham-based Stephen said: “It is obviously very close to home when a boy who is Harrison’s age is diagnosed with a life changing illness. I've done two events like this before, the Royal Parks Half Marathon in 2011 and the Virgin London Marathon in 2012, but last year I tore my meniscus cartilage in my left knee and needed surgery, so this is the first event since - I just hope I can do the charity proud.”
The Royal Parks Half Marathon, is a 13.1 mile event past some of London's most iconic landmarks - Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Royal Albert Hall, and then Hyde Park, Green Park, St James' Park and Kensington Gardens. This year there are expected to be 16,000 runners and approx 50,000 spectators.
Alex Smith, founder of Harrison’s Fund and dad of Harrison added: “As a small charity we rely on people like Stephen to choose us when taking part in big events like this. Every step he takes and every pound he raises means we are that one step closer to finding a cure for Duchenne.
To support Stephen visit his Just Giving page.