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Essex man completes London Marathon following major back surgery

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Action Medical Research is delighted to announce that Colchester resident Dave Waterman successfully completed the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018!

“It just feels great to be back up on my feet again” said the 46-year-old Company Director. “Just to be physically able to take on a massive run like this is tremendous. I’m exhausted, but exhilarated at the same time!”

The 46-year-old crossed the line in just under 5 hours; not bad for the hottest London Marathon on record!

Dave underwent major back surgery towards the end of 2016; although the cause of his pain has never been diagnosed, he believes it’s linked to a motorcycle collision he had as a teenager.

The father of three hopes to raise £3,000 for Action, a charity he holds close to his heart.

“Being a Dad, it’s very sobering to think about all the work Action does to raise funds for research into various childhood illnesses and conditions.

“For me, being able to have fun running, hiking and cycling while raising money for a great cause is a win-win!”

Indeed Dave Waterman is not done with his challenges for Action.

On Saturday 14 July he will be taking part in the Trek The Night: South Downs Way and in September he’ll cycle over one hundred miles as part of the Essex100.

Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.

The charity is currently funding research into conditions including asthma, prematurity, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions.





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