David Ovenden

Amateur Elvis-impersonator David Ovenden is hoping to raise over £2,000 for needy children by running this year’s gruelling London Marathon on the 17th April.

The Head of Operations at Skoda UK is raising money for Whizz-Kidz, a charity that provides mobility equipment for disabled children.

It was two years ago when the 42 year-old - who lives in the village of Raunds near Wellingborough in Northamptonshire - first decided it was time to lose some weight. But instead of exercising gently at home or the gym like most of us, he started with the not-so-small task of training for the London Marathon instead, "I’d never really done much running before, but now I love it. It’s a good way to unwind and a great way to raise money at the same time.

"I’m lucky because all my children are able-bodied. It’s hard work bringing them up, but it is a lot harder for a parent to bring up a disabled child. That’s why I like helping children’s charities."

Last year the father-of-four ran the London Marathon for the first time, helping children with leukaemia. "Despite the many requests I won’t be running the London Marathon dressed as Elvis. It’s difficult enough running it in a plain t-shirt and shorts!"

Published : 09/04/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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