A former Royal Marine Commando from Chapel-en-le-Frith is preparing to take on the London Marathon for a charity very close to his heart.
Adam Coatsworth will be pounding the streets of the capital on Sunday April 26 to raise money for Cakes 4 Casualties, a small charity which means a huge amount to him.
The 29-year-old, who had his right leg amputated below the knee after a climbing accident, knows first hand the difference made by the charity, run by just one woman - Kathleen Ryan.
He explained: “The charity was set up when soldiers were coming back from Afghanistan and ending up in hospital and Kathleen started going round and visiting them. Then she started making cakes to sell to raise money.
“She is one of those people who just brightens up your life.
“She visited me once in hospital when I had just had my second amputation and was on a ward on my own feeling a bit sorry for myself.
“She just made me laugh and would go out and get me anything I needed.
“It’s hard to put into words the difference that makes.”
He added: “She is one of a kind. She doesn’t take anything for herself, she just works so hard for the charity.
“Not many people would just start going to visit people in hospital and see if they wanted anything.
“That is my whole motivation for doing this, for her.”
Adam is hoping to complete the gruelling 26.2-mile course in under five hours and would like to raise as much money as possible for the charity.
And even though he knows the task ahead of him is tough, he’s determined to cross the finishing line, with his Royal Marine training giving him a major boost.
“I don’t think I’d be able to do it without that,” he said.
“I was always taught to take the hard option and never give up on anything.
“I’d like to be able to run all the way round but I’ll crawl round on my hands and knees if I have to.”
Finding time to train is difficult for Adam, who is a full-time dad to his six-month-old daughter, but just being able to attempt the marathon is a huge challenge for someone who wasn’t able to run for four years before gaining a place.
To sponsor Adam, see www.charitychoice.co.uk/fundraiser/adam.