A familiar face to many of those across Ripley, local GP Tony Wordley is set to run the London Marathon for Cancer Research Uk and the National Osteoporosis Society.
Dr Tony Wordley, a GP at Ripley’s Ivy Grove Surgery for over thirty years will be running in his first marathon this year, following a strict training regime over the last few months.
Dr Wordley said: “I am a 58 year old GP. I would not describe myself as a natural runner but am fairly fit and enjoy a challenge, I have previously run a handful of half-marathons, most recently Nottingham in 2006.
“After 5 years of trying I received a ballot place for the London Marathon in 2013 and planned to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
“Unfortunately I had to pull out last year when I developed a stress fracture during training.
“To my surprise, investigations showed that I have significant osteoporosis (bone thinning) - a condition I have usually seen in elderly women, not middle-aged men like me!
“I am therefore now dividing sponsorship between Cancer Research and the National Osteoporosis Society.
“I think quite a few patients have been surprised to see me running up and down the Cromford Canal in the last few weeks.
“My most recent training run (22 miles) was not too painful so I hope to be able to complete the marathon in under 5 hours.”
Please go to www.virginmoneygiving.com if you wish to support Dr Wordley and the charities he is helping.