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2:27pm Sun Apr 01, 2012
 
A man is to take part in a gruelling set of long-distance runs for the British Lung Foundation.
Runner Mr Paul Smith, 27, with his aunt, Mrs Sue Bennett, 52, as he prepares for his series of challenges in aid of the British Lung Foundation. 240312AM2-3
Runner Mr Paul Smith, 27, with his aunt, Mrs Sue Bennett, 52, as he prepares for his series of challenges in aid of the British Lung Foundation. 240312AM2-3
Mr Paul Smith, 27, a senior customer service adviser with Newark and Sherwood Homes, lost two of his grandparents to emphysema and his aunt, Mrs Sue Bennett, is recovering from the disease after a lung transplant.

“Every penny, if someone can spare just 50p in sponsorship, will help the British Lung Foundation with its invaluable work,” said Mr Smith, of Windsor Road, Newark.

He planned to compete in three marathons — London, Nottingham, Berlin — and the Reading Half-marathon.

The Nottingham marathon has since been cancelled, and he will run the Sheffield and Manchester 10km events in its place.

Mr Smith, who grew up in London and lived for a time in Berlin when his father worked at the British Embassy, has friends in Reading who will run that race with him.

The first event is Reading next month and the last is Berlin in September.

“It’s going to be a mammoth task,” said Mr Smith.

“The greatest risk is not the running but the risk of injury in running so many.”

The Fernwood-based PT instructor, Mr Jamie Brown, is helping with his preparation.

Mrs Bennett, 52, of Nottingham, was diagnosed with emphysema ten years ago and had a transplant two years ago.

“You don’t get on to the transplant list until your hopes of survival are quite slim,” she said.

“Fortunately I was one of the lucky ones. There are people who never find a donor.

“They told me after the operation that I had perhaps six months left but now I’m very much recovering.”

Mr Smith has pledged to raise at least £1,700. He can be sponsored at www.virginmoneygiving.com/paulsmith27

Mrs Bennett and her husband are sponsoring him through their company website at loadeddicecustoms.com

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