Gainsborough: Runner is raising funds for charity which helps women fighting a rare lung disease

Craig Ward
Craig Ward

A software developer from Gainsborough is set to run his first London Marathon to raise funds for women battling a rare lung disease.

Craig Ward will be taking part in the event on behalf of the charity LAM Action that supports women with lymphangioleiomyomatosis.

Craig, 38, is a member of the Gainsborough and Morton Striders Running Club and he won his charity place through a club ballot, and has already raised more than £1,700 in donations.

Craig said: “I was lucky enough to win the nomination to run for LAM Action and am determined to raise as much money as possible for the charity.”

“I am running between 35 and 40 miles per week at the moment building up for what will be my first London Marathon.”

“The weather hasn’t really upset my schedule so far although it has been a bit slippery.”

Craig has already completed the Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool marathons.

LAM is an incurable lung condition that affects only women. There are believed to be around 150 with the disease in the UK.

The illness mainly affects the lungs and causes excessive growth of smooth muscle tissue and progressively erodes lung function.

David Mercer, LAM Action marathon co-ordinator, said: “We really appreciate all the time and effort that our runners put into training and running the London Marathon and fund raising for our charity.”

To sponsor Craig visit www.justgiving.com/Strider-Craig or for more information about LAM visit www.lamaction.org.