If you have seen a lyrca clad runner singing power ballads at the top of his lungs around Bury in recent weeks, don’t be alarmed. It’s Oliver Boughton and he needs your support.
The 33-year-old from Stephenson Place is in training to run three marathons in the space of two weeks. He will take on the 26.2 mile course in Manchester on April 10, be in Brighton seven days later and finish with the London Marathon on April 24.
Oliver is running for Parkinson’s UK and is hoping to raise £3,500 for the charity. He wants the funds to be put towards finding a cure for disease that his dad, Chris Boughton, from Fornham, was diagnosed with 12 years ago at the age of 51.
“There are few more upsetting things than seeing a loved one seriously ill and struggling,” said Oliver.
“Parkinson’s disease is a horrible, progressive, debilitating illness both physically and mentally, but it is an illness that is widely accepted with sufficient funding a cure could be found.
“I am extremely keen to raise as much money as I possibly can to aid in the research to hopefully one day see my Dad and other suffers well again.”
Up until a few years ago Oliver admits he would have struggled to run a mile, but after deciding he needed to lose a few pounds he has been hooked.
In preparation for the three marathons he has been training for 6 months, has gone from running 20 miles a week to 60 and aims to finish each race in around three hours.
He also has unorthodox method of passing the miles.
“I get quite a few funny looks while training as I like to sing power ballads out loud to help pass the time,” said Oliver.
To sponsor Oliver go to www.justgiving.com/oliverboughton.