Steve to run London Marathon for Laila

Steve Rodgerson who is running the London Marathon for the Laila Milly Foundation.
Steve Rodgerson who is running the London Marathon for the Laila Milly Foundation.

After completing last week’s Manchester marathon in under four-and-a-half-hours Steve Rodgerson is not letting the grass grow under his running shoes.

This weekend he will be pounding the streets of the capital city to raise money for the Laila Milly Foundation.

And it will be the first time Mr Rodgerson, who runs with Castleford’s Sweatshop Running Community, has taken part in the London Marathon.

He said: “I didn’t want to push myself too hard in Manchester and get injured for London - I was saving myself.”

Mr Rodgerson, 55, of Featherstone, says he has been inspired by Maya McCormack, the mum of Laila Milly, and the she has done in setting up her charity foundation.

The foundation was set up by Steve and Maya McCormack after their daughter Laila Milly was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition. She died the day before her first birthday

Mr Rodgerson, who is in the same running club as Ms McCormac, said: “Maya is an inspirational woman. It is admirable what she had done and what she has gone through. I thought I should do my bit and give a little back.”

Although Mr Rodgerson has taken part in five marathons he is unsure of what London will bring. He said: “I guess the first few miles will be just weaving in out of all the runners before we get going. But I am hoping to get a sub four hour and 30 minutes time.”

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