July 31 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, April 13, 2014
A father of two is running his first Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday to raise money for the breast care unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Stewart Robins, 46, of Ashbey Road, King’s Lynn, was inspired to raise money to help breast cancer patients as wife Marie is a Breast Cancer Sister at the unit.
Mrs Robins has worked at the unit for over ten years and through her, Mr Robins knows that the unit needs developing.
He said: “My wife is always telling me of the things that need to be done to develop the services in the unit. By the sounds of it, patients have to go to separate areas but a new development means that the ladies can all be together.
“I always said that if I got into the London Marathon I would do it for them – and that’s what’s happening.”
Ryston Runner Mr Robins, has undergone vigorous training for the past 13 weeks under coach Martin Ive.
He trains five times a week which consists of long distance runs of 10-23 miles and short distance runs of 5-10 miles.
Mr Robins has also completed a half marathon and has also entered for this year’s Grand East Anglia Run in King’s Lynn.
However he admitted that the endurance training has taken it’s toll.
He said: “I have been training every weekend and I have two children, so it has been just as hard for them. So it has been a lot of pressure.”
Mr Robins said that his target is to run the 26 mile race in 3 hours and 15 minutes but admits he is “getting nervous.”
Mr Robins, who is a builder at PCD Builders in Middleton, will have an early start on Sunday as he will be picked up at 4am to set off for the journey down to London by coach.
Mrs Robins will be watching the marathon on the television with their daughter Katie, 11, and son Luke, 8.
The family can track Mr Robins’ progress on the Virgin website as he will have a chip placed in his trainer.
Mr Robins is already one step ahead with his fundraising
On Saturday April 5, he held a bucket collection and raffle outside Asda in South Wootton which raised £251 towards his marathon target of £1000.
He said: “I would like to thank the staff as ASDA and everyone who contributed. We received a huge amount of support and everyone was so friendly.”
There’s still time to sponsor Stewart via his Just Giving web page at: www.justgiving.com/stewart-robins1.