Runcorn man completes Paris Marathon in memory of his grandad

First published in Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A RUNCORN man has completed the Paris Marathon in memory of his grandad.

Draught designer Lee Clark, aged 26, has raised £1,100 so far for the Stroke Association.

His granddad John, aged 66, from Murdishaw, died from a stroke last October.

Lee set off from the Champs-Elysées on Sunday and ran past other landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.

Lee, of Sandymoor, said: “It was amazing. I really enjoyed it up until the 20th mile then I couldn't feel my legs.

“I couldn't envisage finishing but I had my phone on me and was taking selfies all the way around. I got my phone out to take a photo and had a text from my best mate, Toddy which said ‘keep goin buddy’ which spurred me on. Little things like that surprisingly really helped.

“The run was really good. The streets were lined with supporters and bands. I had my name on my running vest and all the French were shouting ‘allez Lee’ which made me laugh.”

Lee, who has a wife Natalie and two-year-old daughter, Daisy, completed the race in four hours 32 minutes.

Natalie went with him and supported him round the course.

Lee added: “At one point we ran through a tunnel for about 1km and there was an underground rave in pitch black with disco lights.

“At the end I was saying never again. I felt really ill for about an hour but now I can feel my legs again slightly I am looking forward to finding another marathon.”

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