Michael runs marathon in memory of his wife Susan

Michael Stringer at the London Marathon with a work colleague.
Michael Stringer at the London Marathon with a work colleague.

A fundraiser from Pocklington has managed to raise more than £4,000 after completing last Sunday’s gruelling London Marathon in memory of his wife.

Michael Stringer, 48, of Strother Close, was one of 36,000 runners who took to the streets of London for the 26.2 mile event.

Michael’s wife Susan died of cancer in January last year at the age of 42 and, after watching the London Marathon 12 months ago, decided he should enter it this year to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

He explained: “I lost my wife to cancer last year.

“I watched the marathon on television last year ad straight afterwards I decided I should do that. I haven’t done any kind of physical exercise for 20 years. I thought it would be a great challenge.”

He added: “It went very well. It was a long day.

“The atmosphere was unbelieveable.”

The Pizza Hut regional operations director for the midlands and the north, who entered the event with a group of his work colleagues, has so far raised more than double his fundraising target of £2,000.

Last year, he completed Jane Tomlinson’s York 10k and the Great North Run in preparation for the London Marathon.

To support Michael and make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Mike-Stringer1 or text ‘MSMS64 £1’ to 70070.