A runner recovering from Covid-19 is running two marathons within 10 days for a children’s charity.
Gaurav Narang, from Park Hill, Croydon, completed the London Marathon in 4hrs 41mins – and then targeted doing the Boston Marathon virtually on October 9-11.
Gaurav was unable to train for a few weeks after being laid low by Covid in July.
He admitted he was not well prepared but was determined to complete both races to raise funds for spinal cord injury rehab charity Neurokinex Kids in Crawley.
“It’s fair to say that training has not gone well, but I will turn up and do my best to fulfil my promise to Neurokinex Kids,” said Gaurav, a member of the Striders of Croydon running club, who was humbled when he visited Neurokinex and met some of the families being helped.
“Neurokinex Kids is the most amazing charity, which delivers groundbreaking rehabilitation therapy for children with a spinal cord injury,” he said.
“Despite the challenging conditions the children are living with, Neurokinex Kids is a really happy place. I met Jasper, seven, and was astounded by how hard the staff were working, him but also how much fun they made it.
“The trainers are all so passionate and dedicated to their work: it’s a privilege to watch them.
“I heard how far Jasper has come since he was paralysed by a spinal stroke as a toddler and it made a real impact on me to see where my fundraising will go.
Meeting the people who will benefit from your effort makes it both personal and special.”
Gaurav is aiming to raise £1,000 to help other families access Neurokinex.
He added: “I was running for Neurokinex and the team that is working so hard to make a difference to the lives of kids. I enjoyed every moment of it – the pain and the finish.
“It was my first London Marathon and I had no idea the number of people who come out to support. The London crowd is so exceptional as it cheers you all the way through that makes you feel very special.
“I took it easy and thoroughly enjoyed the views as I passed by London’s iconic buildings.”
To support Gaurav’s fundraising for Neurokinex Kids visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/glondonrun2021
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