Student takes on marathon challenge for grandparents

BRAVE RUNNERS: Fraser Frost-Penington, Jonathan Lund and  Thomas Connelly (S)

BRAVE RUNNERS: Fraser Frost-Penington, Jonathan Lund and Thomas Connelly (S)

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A devoted medical student is hoping to stand out from the crowd when he runs the London Marathon in memory of his Colne grandparents.

Former Laneshaw Bridge Primary School Jonathan Lund (22) will be completing the 26-mile trek for the British Lung Foundation wearing just his swimming trunks and trainers.

He made the brave decision, after he did the same for the Great North Run with fellow members of the Newcastle University Mens Water Polo 1st Team.

Jonathan, of Priestfield Avenue, Colne, is aiming to raise awareness of respiratory illnesses, following the death of his grandfather Thomas Capstick, of Priestfield Avenue, and his grandmother Lis Lund, of Standroyd Drive.

Jonathan, who is also a member of his university Air Squadron, said: “My grandfather died in 2007 after suffering for over 15 years with a lung condition called COPD, which greatly reduced his quality of life.

“Recently (in October) my grandmother died after suffering with an aggresive form of lung cancer.

“That really shocked me and had an impact on me, and I wanted to raise awareness.”

Jonathan is delighted to be taking part in the annual London event, having been given a Golden Bond place by the British Lung Foundation.

This means that the keen sportsman, who aims to complete the marathon in three hours and 30 minutes, must raise £2,000 for his chosen charity – a target which he aims to surpass.

He added: “I am quite nervous, but I am really looking forward to six months time. I am going to have to double my training.

“Once you get onto the London Marathon it is a lot easier to do it again. I am going to see how many years I can do it consecutively.”

To sponsor Jonathan visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/jonathanlund