Paulton resident and Homes Under the Hammer presenter Martin Roberts is about to give his legs a hammering running a marathon for a charity that helps wishes come true for children suffering from life threatening illnesses.
For Martin it will be a major challenge as he freely admits he is not a runner but he is pledging to get round the route with a combination of running, jogging and walking and hopes his supporters will spur him on.
Martin, who was a regular presenter on Wish You Were Here, now writes and presents the hit BBC property auction show which is now in its 14th season.
He is already in training for the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday April 25 where he will be running for the Make A Wish charity.
Martin has long been a supported on Make A Wish even acting as an auctioneers at the charity’s summer ball in June last year and says the charity does wonderful work for children.
As a child Martin suffered with severe asthma and was unable to take part in many sports, so being able to run in the London Marathon was an exciting challenge for him.
”I never took part in school cross country or anything like that and since then running has not been my bag. So if I’m going to try a marathon it might as well be the iconic event.”
He said:”I am not running the marathon to prove anything; I just want to help raise money for this fantastic charity. I aim to get round and if I do it in less than eight hours I will be delighted. Whatever it takes I will finish.”
“I’m hoping to be spurred on by the people along the route and the thought of the money I will be raising for a fantastic charity ”
“I urge more people to take part in the other upcoming runs around the country, so Make A Wish can help grant plenty more magical wishes to children and young people who truly deserve a special treat.”
General entry into the marathon is now closed but there are still places available in the Make A Wish team and runners wanting to take part can contact the fundraising team in 01276 405080.
Make A Wish also has places in the BUPA 10,000 run taking place on Monday May 31 and the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday March 7.