Cleethorpes man stepping up to run London Marathon for Parkinson's UK
A CLEETHORPES man will run this year’s London Marathon to support the charity which helped prolong the time his dementia-suffering father-in-law could live at home.
Jan Olesen, 34, of the Cleethorpes Country Park Estate, is taking part in the race on Sunday, April 21, to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.
He says that without the research carried out by the charity, his father-in-law Jack Douglas would have had to move into a care home much sooner than he did.
Jack, 91, lived with Jan and his family before moving into Waltham House care home in New Waltham last November.
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Married father-of-two Jan, pictured, said: “A lot of the research they have done has come up with information such as ways to train the brain. Without that information, we would have had to put him in a home much sooner.”
Although Jan ran a few 26-milers during his time in the military, he says this will be his first marathon on “Civvy Street”.
He has dreamed of running the race ever since he saw his uncle’s London Marathon medal as a young boy. The former lorry driver, who now works as a recruitment specialist for Driver Core Recruitment in Stallingborough, said: “I’m looking forward to it. I’m doing a fair bit of training trying to get back into shape after all my years lorry driving. I’ve got what I call a trucker’s tummy and that’s taking a while to shift!
“I would like to do it in under four hours, ideally three-and-a-half, but we’ll just have to see on the day.”
Jan will be fundraising at Asda on Holles Street, Grimsby, on April 6 and 7, and at Tesco Cleethorpes at Hewitts Circus on April 14.
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