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Villa spurring Blues fan on for marathon

IT’S not the London Marathon that worries borough businessman Wayne Porter, but the thought of running the 26 miles in an Aston Villa shirt.

IT’S not the London Marathon that worries borough businessman Wayne Porter, but the thought of running the 26 miles in an Aston Villa shirt.

He’s going the distance for Birmingham Children’s Hospital who helped treat his son Max’s potentially life-threatening condition.

At five months old, the little boy was very poorly and diagnosed with posterior-urethral valves which had caused kidney and bladder damage.

“It was touch and go at the time, it can be a very serious condition,” said Wayne. “But the hospital were wonderful and Max [now aged seven] is doing great.

“I did run the London Marathon in 2010 and my initial reaction was never again but I leapt at the chance to raise some money for the Children’s Hospital.”

Putting a twist on the traditional fund raiser, Wayne, aged 44, is letting the people who donate vote on what costume he should wear round the streets of the capital. And as an arch Blue Nose, it’s the thought of wearing claret and blue that troubles him more than a bumble bee suit or ballet dress.

“I wouldn’t want to walk out the door in a Villa shirt, yet alone run in one for over four hours,” joked the Prologis employee.

To help Wayne towards his £5,000 target - and cast your vote on his outfit - go to www.justgiving.com/wayne-porter-london2012

 

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