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Father’s tears as he completes marathon in son’s memory

Steve Nelson (bottom centre) completed the London Marathon in five hours and two minutes

Steve Nelson (bottom centre) completed the London Marathon in five hours and two minutes

 

A Sundon Park father cried and spoke to his son, who died from a brain tumour, during an emotional five hours running the London Marathon.

Steve Nelson and wife Debbie lost brave Reece, 8, inSeptember 2012 after he battled a brain tumour for a year.

After watching a friend complete the marathon last April to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity, Steve decided to do the same this year in memory of his son.

Despite describing himself as “anything but a runner” the 39-year-old slogged his way to the finishing line in five hours and two minutes while being cheered on by more than 40 friends and family members.

Steve said: “It was really difficult but thinking of Reece got me through.

“I experienced every emotion from crying and talking to him to ask for help.

“Little things got me through, like at one point I heard a song that played at Reece’s funeral and it spurred me on.”

“It was also overwhelming with so many people there to cheer me on, they had a banner with pictures of Reece and my eldest son Charlie on it.”

Steve’s marathon effort has netted more than £10,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity, through the newly created Reecie Nelson Superstar Supporters Fund.

After a ‘phenomenal’ response to requests for donations, Steve was forced to change his target from £1,000 to £3,000, then £5,000.

The fund broke through the £10k milestone yesterday.

He said: “The amount of support has been amazing from a lot of people, I was really touched by donations and messages from people I had never met before.”

 

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