Marathon inspired by wife

R Gibson marathon runner
R Gibson marathon runner

A husband inspired by his wife will take on the ultimate test of endurance as he runs in the London Marathon.

Richard Gibson will take on the 26-mile challenge on Sunday to raise money for Alopecia UK, as his wife Louise suffers from the condition.

Mr Gibson said: “My wife has alopecia universalis which means no hair all over the body.

“As a woman you’d expect this to be very challenging but she never moans so she is an inspiration to me.

“For this reason I wanted to set myself a massive challenge to show her just how much.”

Mr Gibson has juggled his marathon training with the arrival of his first child and moving house from London to Dewsbury to start a new job.

Nevertheless, he completed a 20-mile run at the weekend and is looking forward to the race.

He said: “I’ve run a couple of half marathons before and after the last one I said never again, so I’m taking that to the next level.”

Mr Gibson has currently raised just under £900, almost half-way towards his target of £2,000.

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