An Ilkeston dad and his friends are to tackle their own long-distance charity run after failing to get places in the London Marathon.
Mark Frost will be dressed as a dragon for the 25-mile run from Matlock to Ilkestonon Easter Sunday, while his friends will be in knight costumes in-keeping with a St George’s Day theme.
Cash they raise will be donated to a charity that is supplying Mark’s son, Matthew, with a new wheelchair.
Matthew, nine, lost his leg due to a heart problem which he was born with and doctors said he had only a 0.01 per cent chance of surviving.
Mark said: “Matthew has got such a will to live, every time we take him to the hospital all the doctors say he’s the sickest child they know who is still living.
“He does really really well and wants to start with sports now so needs a better quality wheelchair.
“We didn’t make it into the London Marathon so thought we’d have a bit of fun and organise our own event.”
The wheelchair, priced at £3,000, will be supplied by the Boparan Charitable Trust.
Mark and his team hope to raise enough cash to cover the cost. After their gruelling run they will arrive back at the Davy Lamp pub, on Corporation Road in Ilkeston which is holding a family fun day to boost funds.
Mark said: “Over the years we’ve had massive support from the local community.
“It means the world to Matthew and the family and we hope the people of Ilkeston will help us out again and raise cash for a fantastic cause.”