Man runs marathon for St Albans hospice

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 April 2017

Jack Gray.

Jack Gray.


A man is running the London marathon to raise money for the St Albans hospice where his mum works.

Jack Gray with nurses from Rennie Grove.Jack Gray with nurses from Rennie Grove.

Jack Gray, 23, from Berkhamsted, is aiming to raise £2,000 for Rennie Grove Hospice in St Albans, where his mum Alison is a specialist nurse.

Jack, who teaches guitar and plays in local cafés, said: “I have been inspired by the work my mother Alison Gray does in the local community.

“I know first hand what this service provides and the difference it makes to patients and their loved ones at difficult times in their lives.”

Jack has previously raised £3,500 for leukaemia research by cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End.

He said: “I’m preparing for the run by running roughly 40 to 50 miles a week. It is quite tiring but I have found that you can improve so much if you really commit to a training plan.

“Unfortunately I had a tear to my hamstring in late January and it took me a long time to recover but I am still hoping to post a respectable time.”

Speaking about his mother’s work for the hospice, Jack said: “Obviously this is something that is very close to my heart and I hope to make her proud on the day.”

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