A SALESMAN who lost seven stone to develop a passion for running is set to take on the challenge of a lifetime in honour of his friend who has battled a brain tumour.
Jamie Sims will be taking part in the London Marathon this April raising money for city charity Neurocare, which raises money to fund research and equipment for the neurosciences department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
The 33-year-old decided to fundraise for the organisation after his friend Sally Bramall was diagnosed with a central neurocytoma tumour in May 2009.
She underwent surgery and spent several weeks in hospital – supported throughout by Neurocare.
Jamie, from Gleadless Town End, picked the 26.2 mile challenge after he developed his new-found love of running when he dropped to 14 stone from 21 stone five years ago.
He has already taken part in a number of 10km races but the marathon will be his biggest test of fitness and stamina yet.
Jamie said: “As soon as I saw the opportunity I contacted Sally to ask her what she thought about me entering in her honour. She told me to go for it so I did! Neurocare is a fantastic charity and my fundraising target is £2,000, although I would love to beat it.”
Since signing up for the event, Jamie has undertaken a gruelling training regime to get in top form. He runs three to four times a week and attends spinning classes and gym sessions at Dronfield Sports Centre. He is also taking part in the Reading Half Marathon next month.
He said: “Five years ago I wouldn’t have dreamed that I would be taking part in such an event and can’t wait to get on the start line and of course cross the finish line.
“I will be achieving a huge personal milestone as well as helping to raise funds for a very worthwhile cause, which is fantastic.”
Emma Douglas, fundraiser for Neurocare, said: “Jamie’s story is very inspiring and we are delighted he is taking part in the marathon in aid of Neurocare. We wish him the best of luck and will be willing him on every step of the way!”
Visit www.justgiving.com/Jamie-Sims0 to sponsor him.