St Albans man set to compete in London 10K challenge for Autistic Society

Jethro Offemaria alongside Miss Herts 2014 Charlotte White

Jethro Offemaria alongside Miss Herts 2014 Charlotte White - Credit: Archant

An Asperger’s sufferer is running a 10km race in London to raise money for the National Autistic Society.

Jethro Offemaria, 25 of Hill End Lane, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was three, last competed in a similar event when he took part in the 2010 Great South Run.

The London race in May marks a comeback for Jethro, a member of the local YMCA, St Albans Youth Disability FC and the a local Ceroc dance group, He hopes to raise at least £600 for the National Autistic Society.

Jethro was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of three and took up running when he was 17 and at Grateley House in Hampshire, a residential school for young people aged from nine-19 years with Asperger’s and similar conditions.

He wants to see more such schools opened for autistic children and teenagers as well as special colleges because so many sufferers are excluded from the mainstream education system.

He said ‘Asperger’s is a part of my life, but my interests, including dancing, Eurovision fandom, playing and watching sport, visiting the gym for my training and visiting the library, keep me out of trouble.

“Taking part in the 2016 London 10,000 for this amazing charity is a huge personal goal and my way of helping over 700,000 people in the UK with autism like me. I would like all my friends to wish me well- I will finish my race on a high, and it would be an honour for you to donate as much as you can’.

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