Dragon and knights complete fun run

Mark Frost and his team
Mark Frost and his team

A dragon and two knights ran from Matlock to Ilkeston on Sunday all in the name of charity.

Mark Frost, 40, donned the dragon suit and was joined by Ashley Spurr, 20, and Ju Bloor, 45, who dressed at St George.

The trio were raising cash for charity Boparan Charitable Trust, who will help fund a new wheelchair for Mark’s son Matthew.

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: “We had a great day running, it was hard work but we had a laugh as we went along to keep us going.

“When I started in Matlock the tail on the dragon costume was half way up my back, by the time we got to Ilkeston it was dragging along the floor.

“It was an effort but worth it.”

The group ran from Matlock and were joined by a small support team along the way.

The 24.1 mile run took them 4 hours and 20 minutes to finish up at the Day lamp pub on Corporation Road where a family fun day was being held to boost the amount raised.

Mark said: “We set off fairly early so it was quiet but by the time we got to Cromford and places along the way there were people flooding in to the towns and looking at us all gone out.

“They must have thought we were mad.

“As we got to Straw’s Bridge there were some people there cheering us on and then at the Davy lamp the landlord had stretched a till roll across the road as a finishing tape.

“There were about 40 or 50 people there cheering us on.

“It was a fantastic day and just goes to show what a great community spirit the town has.”

At first count Mark says that he thinks they will have smashed their £1,800 fundraising target.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/mark-ju-stgeoge - please note this is the correct spelling.