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Crosby dad gets ready to run Liverpool Marathon with 55lb backpack

RUNNING the Liverpool Marathon is not a big enough challenge for one Crosby man.

John McBrion, 48, will be doing the 26-mile run in October with a 55lb bag on his back.

The father-of-one decided to take on the challenge after meeting Phil Packer, a former soldier who suffered severe spinal cord injuries while serving in Iraq. After hearing about Phil’s amazing fundraising efforts, John decided he would run the Liverpool Marathon.

John said: “I’ve never ran a marathon before. In fact, I don’t do much running at all. I was honoured to meet and walk with Major Phil Packer. Phil was inspirational and I’m a better person for meeting him.”

All the money John raises will go to Alder Hey’s burns unit.

He added: “I will be carrying a 55lb backpack during the marathon and when things get hard I’ll think of Phil and the children in the burns unit at Alder Hey. That will motivate me to finish.

“Each year, Alder Hey send children to the Manchester Burns Camp where they receive respite care whilst enjoying the break from hospital. It costs £1,100 to send two burns victims to the camp. I would love to hit £10,000 and leave something in the kitty for the future.

“I would like to thank my family, Salisbury Athletic FC, Adapt Outdoors Liverpool and TiersCo for their support.”

If you would like to sponsor John, visit justgiving.com/John-McBrion

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