4 Apr 14

Marathon challenge for Sizewell B employee

A maintenance technician from Sizewell B power station will swap his safety boots for trainers when he runs the London Marathon this month.

Markus Wegg, 43, from Lowestoft, decided he wanted to achieve a lifetime ambition to complete the London Marathon this year. A donation of £400 from Sizewell B put a spring in Markus’s step and pushed him over his fundraising pledge of raising £1,600 for Whizz-Kidz, the charity that provides disabled children and young people with vital mobility equipment, opportunities to meet and have fun, and training to help them gain skills and look forward to a bright future.

This will be Markus’s first full marathon but he’s put in thousands of hours of training on the streets of Lowestoft to make sure he can make the 26.2miles to cross the finish line. Markus said: "It’s a big commitment running the London Marathon, not just for me but my family too, I try and get an early start training at the weekend so I can clock up the miles I need to and not miss out on too much family time. My wife and children are really supportive and it’s one of those challenges I want to tick off the list, who knows maybe the New York marathon will be next!”

Markus joined his local running club, the Lowestoft Road Runners, in 2010 in a bid to get fit. He started off running a couple of miles a week and built up his stamina over the months until he felt confident enough to compete in half-marathons. After successfully achieving that goal he set his sights on the London Marathon and hopes to complete the world famous race in 4.5hours although admits it will be great just to make it to the finish line!

Jim Crawford, Sizewell B Station Director, said: “The team at Sizewell B are really proud of the commitment Markus is showing in taking part in the London Marathon and are very pleased to help him hit his fundraising target for such a worthwhile cause.”

Jo Dunsford, Director of Fundraising for Whizz-Kidz, said: “The Virgin Money London Marathon is hugely important to Whizz-Kidz, and raises in excess of £1 million every year to help us give more young disabled children the chance of a childhood and a bright and ambitious future. We wish Markus - and all of our runners - a fantastic Marathon day – and we applaud his brilliant fundraising efforts!”