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Sheffield clergyman prays for the finish line

Tim Davies (centre), who has overcome serious injuries to be ready for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, with Steve Cooper (left) and friend Chris Bronsdon (right) in the 2013 Paris Marathon.

Tim Davies (centre), who has overcome serious injuries to be ready for the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, with Steve Cooper (left) and friend Chris Bronsdon (right) in the 2013 Paris Marathon.

A Sheffield clergyman has overcome the odds to make it to the starting line of his fourth marathon.

Tim Davies, aged 49, has signed up to tomorrow’s 26.2-mile Greater Manchester Marathon in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Tim’s muscles struggled massively when he was building up his running distances.

But with help from Sheffield physiotherapist Dr Michael Lee, of MiTo Therapy in Millhouses, he is confident he will make it to the finish line.

The Broomhall man, who works at Christ Church Central, Fitzwilliam Street, said: “I was born and brought up in Kenya, where many top runners are from, but I certainly don’t have their long distance running abilities.

“When I signed up for the race and started training, it soon became obvious I just didn’t have enough muscle strength to cope when I extended distances.

“Michael treated me using electrotherapy and physiotherapy techniques. He basically helped rebuild me.”

Joining Tim on the start line in Trafford will be Loxley woman Helen Rogers, 48, who is raising money for the Stroke Association.

Helen’s sister, dad and daughter have all had strokes, meaning it is a cause close to her heart.

Helen’s sister, Janet, died aged 36 following a stroke in 1995.

Since then Helen’s dad, Brian, has also had a number of strokes, and last year, while training for a marathon in aid of the Stroke Association, Helen’s 19-year-old daughter, Fay, had one.

* To sponsor Tim, visit Tim Davies fundraiser page

* To sponsor Helen, who aims to raise £1,000, visit Helen’s Manchester Marathon

 

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