A journalist from Luton is taking on the London Marathon this Sunday to repay a debt to a charity which helped him out in his hour of need.
Nick Gill, 26, of Cannon Lane, attempted the 26.2 mile course in 2013 but collapsed from dehydration before the 18 mile mark.
He was taken to a medical tent by St John Ambulance volunteers where paramedics working for the first aid charity used ice to cool him down and helped him take on fluids after regaining consciousness.
Two years on Nick is hitting the pavement again to raise funds for the national charity, and is determined to cross the finish line this time around.
Nick told the Luton News: “Collapsing in 2013 was a scary experience.
“Before paramedics were able to cool me down my temperature was at a dangerously high level – around 40 degrees celsius– and I’m just so thankful to everyone from St John Ambulance who looked after me.
“My training had gone really well but it was a particularly cold winter and I didn’t react to the hotter temperature for the race – so it definitely is a lesson learned.”
He added: “After a year off I decided to give it another go as on a personal level running a marathon is something I’ve always wanted to do.
“But returning to London is also a way of saying thank you to a charity that saves lives on a daily basis.
“The weather for training has been a bit warmer this time around but, whatever the temperature on the day, I won’t be making the same mistake again as I’m desperate to get my hands on that medal!”
>To make a donation and help support St John Ambulance visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Nick_Gill.