A YOUNG man from Selsey has overcome injuries to complete a half marathon in memory of his granddad.
Despite being advised by doctors not to run due to problems with his legs, Jack Olley completed the Farnham Pilgrim Half Marathon in two hours and 15 minutes.
The 18-year-old’s granddad, Peter Olley, passed away from cancer in December 2012 and Jack was determined to raise money in his honour for Cancer Research UK.
“My dad left when I was very young and my grandad was my father figure,” he said.
Jack’s grandmother, Sybil Olley, is also suffering from lymphoma, which spurred him on even more.
But after triggering nerves in his legs from training too hard and experiencing constant vibrations in his knees, Jack was advised by doctors to pull out of the race.
“I didn’t want to let down my granddad, my nan who has cancer, or any of the donors,” he explained.
“I managed to keep going with the thoughts of who I was helping by raising money.”
Jack raised more than £300 for Cancer Research and came 279th out of 600 runners.
“Towards the end, when the crowd was clapping, adrenalin gushed over me and I managed to sprint towards the finish line. I surprised myself with how well I did.”
Jack was cheered on by his family, including his grandmother, who came to support him.
The Farnham Pilgrim Half Marathon is a mainly off-road route which includes several hills.
This was the first half marathon for Jack, who is now looking for other ways to support charities and will be attending a march in London on October 5 to raise awareness of how poaching is affecting wildlife globally.
Jack’s Just Giving page is justgiving.co.uk/cancermarathon