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Marathon runner raises £4,000 for cancer charity in memory of DJ Dominator

PUBLISHED: 10:52 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:03 24 April 2018

Adam Davies after completing the London Marathon. Picture: Courtesy of Adam Davies.

Adam Davies after completing the London Marathon. Picture: Courtesy of Adam Davies.

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The step-brother of a Beccles DJ has raised more than £4,000 in his memory after completing the London Marathon.

Neil Aldred - DJ Dominator - behind the decks. Picture: Courtesy of Neil's family.Neil Aldred - DJ Dominator - behind the decks. Picture: Courtesy of Neil's family.

Adam Davies, 27, said he crossed the finish line with a tear in his eye remembering Neil Aldred, known to many as DJ Dominator, who died aged 33 after a short battle with cancer.

Neil was known across the world for his musical talents as a driving force in the drum and bass industry and last year also launched his own D-Stortion Records label. He died on June 8, 2017, after being diagnosed just a few weeks before.

Adam, who ran in support of Bowl Cancer UK, said: “The run was tough, I got off to a slow start because I was mixed up with runners slightly slowly than me and it was very hard to run at the pace I had been training at because I had to weave in and out of others and couldn’t find my rhythm.

Adam Davies after completing the London Marathon with his mum Shirley and Neil's dad Brendan. Picture: Courtesy of Adam Davies.Adam Davies after completing the London Marathon with his mum Shirley and Neil's dad Brendan. Picture: Courtesy of Adam Davies.

“After about eight miles I managed to find my groove but then the heat picked up and I found it very hard going, the water stations were like a lifeline every time I passed one.

“I had been having problems with my knees in training and once I got to around 13/14 miles this was no different. I managed to push through the pain reminding myself why I was doing it and the support from spectators was amazing.

“I really started to struggle around the 23 mile marker so I used this moment to put my headphones on and play some of Neil’s tracks.

Adam Davies running the London Marathon. Picture: Courtesy of Adam Davies.Adam Davies running the London Marathon. Picture: Courtesy of Adam Davies.

“At the finish line I had mixed feelings. I felt proud that I managed to push myself to complete the 26.2 miles but also had a tear in my eye knowing the reason why and looking around saw how many people had charity vests on running in memory of a loved one.”

Adam was supported on the day by his girlfriend, mum Shirley, Neil’s dad Brendan and three close friends.

He completed the challenge in five hours and nine minutes.

He said: “Seeing them along the way was a massive boost. I would like to thank everyone who has donated so far and helped to raise over £4,000 for Bowel Cancer UK.”

Anyone who would still like to donate can visit Adam’s Virgin Money Giving page.

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