He was just yards away when two deadly explosions ripped through the finish line of the Boston Marathon – but that hasn’t deterred Nick Bailey from embarking on his 113th marathon.
Father-of-four Nick, from Hambrook, is on his way to Everest where he will complete his 113th marathon to raise money for charity.
The 58-year-old has raised thousands of pounds for various charities over the years.
“I have been running since I left school some 40 years ago under the advice of my school PE teacher who suggested I took up this low-cost sport. How wrong could he have been,” said Nick.
“I have completed 112 marathons and run about 38 different distances a year, including triathlons and adventure races.
“I run because it de-stresses me from normal day-to-day problems.
“I run for various charities including JDRF which is a personal charity as my daughter suffers with type one diabetes.
“My worst experience was nearly getting blown up at the Boston marathon as I was only a mile from the finish.
“In my early days I raised thousands for the heart foundation but sponsors are hard to find when they know you can do it so I set a minimum target of £1,000, anything extra is a bonus.”
Nick will have been trekking for some three weeks before he reaches Everest base camp on November 30.
He is raising money for the Nepalese Schools rebuild fund following the catastrophic earthquakes there earlier this year, and Over the Wall, a charity supported by Westbourne Primary School where Nick works as a premises officer.
Nick added: “We ran a design a flag competition at school and I will be taking the six winners up to base camp to be planted and a photo will be brought back.”
Nick will have access to wifi so will be sending back postcard blogs and photos to the students at Westbourne Primary, who will be charting his progress.
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