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Marathon man is set to keep on running.

Byline: Sam Ryall

POUNDING over 26 miles of London's streets is just too much for many people. But for one South Wales man, it could be a route to thousands of pounds.

David Thomas of Maesteg is planning to put in an award-winning performance when he runs the London Marathon in April.

He is running for the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust - his first shot at marathon glory.

"This is certainly going to be a lot harder than I'm used to, but my training is going well and I hope to finish in a good time, " he said.

David, 45, first heard about the work of the Anthony Nolan Trust when his youngest daughter became ill with leukaemia six years ago.

He said: "We raised money for the children's cancer unit at Llandough Hospital in the past and this time I thought I'd help the Anthony Nolan Trust.

"The work they do is so important in saving the lives of leukaemia patients and yet they receive no Government funding.

"I first heard about the trust when spending long periods in the children's cancer unit with my youngest daughter and realised that a bone marrow transplant meant the gift of life for many children."

Area manager for the trust Nia Chadwick said: "The register currently has over 316,000 potential bone marrow donors, any one of whom could be a life saver.

"It is very simple - the more people we have on the register, the greater chance we have of finding a match for leukaemia patients."

If you have your own place in the London Marathon and would like to raise funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust, would like to make a donation or are interested in joining the register, call Nia Chadwick on 01554 755352.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 31, 2002
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