Attleborough man to celebrate 34th wedding anniversary by running London Marathon

Attleboroughs Paul Barkshire, a director of Lings Mitsubushi in Lowestoft, is putting in the miles ahead of this years Virgin London Marathon on April 23. Submitted photo.
Attleboroughs Paul Barkshire, a director of Lings Mitsubushi in Lowestoft, is putting in the miles ahead of this years Virgin London Marathon on April 23. Submitted photo.

An Attleborough man is set to celebrate his 34th wedding anniversary in a rather unique way — by taking on the Virgin London Marathon.

Paul Barkshire and wife Bridget’s marriage milestone falls on April 23 — the same day as the popular event.

And all the staff at Lings have been terrific too — they’ve really fuelled my determination to succeed

Mr Barkshire, a director of Lings Mitsubishi in Lowestoft, has gone from a complete non-runner to someone taking part in small races and pounding the streets of his home town each morning to build up the mileage.

The 54-year-old will be running for Children with Cancer UK and hopes for raise £10,000.

He said: “When I had my place confirmed I realised I had committed myself to achieving two things — raising as much as possible for Children With Cancer UK, and winning a personal battle with my own health and fitness.

“My wife, Bridget, is having an anniversary with a difference this year, cheering me on! And all the staff at Lings have been terrific too — they’ve really fuelled my determination to succeed.”

Anyone wishing to donate to Paul’s cause can do so by sponsoring him at www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Paul-Barkshire.
Or, you can pledge to the cause by calling Mr Barkshire on 07887 590933