Dad to run marathon for Ilkeston charity

Julian Bloor who is running the Edinburgh marathon for Ben's Den.
Julian Bloor who is running the Edinburgh marathon for Ben's Den.

A dad from Ilkeston will run his first marathon to raise funds for the charity Ben’s Den which helps families of children with leukaemia and cancer.

Julian Bloor, 47, will join thousands of runners in the Edinburgh marathon on Sunday May 31.

Julian, who will be cheered on by his wife Stephanie and two children, has been training five days a weeks for the event and is now ready to take on the gruelling 26.2 mile course.

He said: “I am amazed at how many people have sponsored me so far - it has been amazing. I have done charity events before and last year raised money for a friend’s son who needed a wheelchair by running from Matlock to Ilkeston.

“This is my first full marathon, I have done a lot of half marathons. Training has been hard. I have been doing 40 miles a week, over five days a week. I get back from work and then go straight out running.”

Julian has already raised £1,100 for Ben’s Den and hopes people will carry on sponsoring him. He chose the charity because he is friends with Ben’s family. Ben Parker died in 2003 following a battle with leukaemia.

With the marathon fast approaching Julian is excited but nervous: “I am a bit nervous because I haven’t done it before but I feel like I am ready for it, he said.

“Whilst training is hard I have used Ben’s inspirational story, dedication and commitment to life, to help me through my training regime and hope on the day of the marathon to do his legacy proud.”

You can sponsor Julian by logging on to uk.virginmoneygiving.com and typing in Julian Bloor.

Ben’s Den support the families of children fighting leukaemia or cancer, by gifting them a free holiday and allowing them to spend much needed, quality family together away from the overwhelming hospital environment. Log onto bensden.com