Inverness supermarket manager from Tain sheds 2.5 stone training for London Marathon
AN ASDA store manager has raised more than £8000 for a cancer charity at the London Marathon and managed to lose more than two stone training for the event.
David Nimmons (36), who works at the Inverness store and lives in Tain, was one of the 43,000 people who took part in this year’s race.
Supported by colleagues and family, David, a deputy manager, had set himself a target of £4000 but more than doubled that figure.
Proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Now.
Accompanied by his wife Lisa and Lisa’s parents, who were there to cheer him on, he completed the race in a time of 3:36:50.
Mr Nimmons said he was a lapsed runner but was inspired by the chance to take part in the London Marathon when his company had some places up for grabs.
“It got me off the couch and from September last year, when I got into training for the marathon, I came down from 16st to 13st 7lbs.”
Mr and Mrs Nimmons had a family friend who had breast cancer five years ago, but thankfully she recovered.
“One of the things I learned through this charity is by the year 2050 they hope everyone who has breast cancer will live, and live well.
“I have a young daughter who will be middle-aged by 2050 so I was helping her by my fundraising.”
Mr Nimmons said he had allowed his running to lapse after he took on his current job, but added: “It was the fact ASDA had these places available which inspired me to get my running shoes back on and I’m so glad I did.
“The weather conditions were quite good but the atmosphere was fantastic. It really blew me away.
“At every corner people were shouting your name [which is on the race vest] even though they don’t know you.
“It was a massive feeling of accomplishment finishing the race knowing we had raised so much for such a great cause.”
Mrs Nimmons, a clerical assistant at Milton Primary school, said: “We have had other friends who have had breast cancer and we were delighted David got selected by ASDA.”
Mrs Nimmons and her mother helped boost his fundraising by making tablet and selling it to friends and work colleagues.
She added: “We also had a fundraising dance at the Royal Hotel in Tain which was a great success.”
Mr Nimmons, whose marathon personal best (PB) time is 3:23:18 at Loch Ness, is running the race again this year and hopes to beat his PB.