Runner sets challenge

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A runner will be competing at the London Marathon for the third time in a row with the aim of beating the race in under three hours.

On April 13, David Waite, 31, will run the marathon to raise money for Children with Cancer and the Heartbeat of Sport charity based in Elland.

“I have run the marathon for the past two years now and it seems to get closer every time,” said David.

“The first time around I wasn’t too far off the pace, but last year was a little bit heartbreaking as I missed it by three minutes so I’m really focused on getting it done.

I have based a lot of my training on beating three hours and I’m confident I can do it.”

David said the charities he supports are very close to his heart.

“I have always had an interest with the Children with Cancer charity so that’s why I have decided to donate half of the money I raise to them, but this is the first time I have participated in an event to raise money for Heartbeat of Sport.

“After doing a little bit of work with them last year, I started to take notice of what they are trying to achieve and I have gone out with them and seen some of the work they do for myself.”