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Mammoth fundraising challenge for determined Paris Marathon runners

The novice runners are hoping to complete the Paris Marathon in approximately four hours.
The novice runners are hoping to complete the Paris Marathon in approximately four hours. / SUR
  • Tim and Milly are aiming to raise over 2,000 euros for Cudeca by participating the race in the French capital next month

Two determined expats are currently undergoing an intensive training routine in order to compete in next month's Paris Marathon to raise money for Cudeca.

Tim Hulbert and Milly Fitzgerald have been in training for the last four months, which is standard procedure for regular marathon runners, but Tim and Milly have never attempted a marathon before. In fact, they are not keen runners, but decided to take on the massive challenge to push themselves to the absolute limit.

Tim was born in Leicester and suffered from asthma as a child, although he got into cycling as a teenager and this helped his condition and improved his health.

The 47-year-old wealth manager at DeVere financial advisors in Mijas will be accompanied by his boss Milly.

Born in Lithuania in 1987, Milly would hide behind trees to avoid school sports events, although she later took up dancing and gymnastics. She is no stranger to mammoth fundraising tasks. A keen hiker, Milly once walked up Kilimanjaro to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Because of her successful Kilimanjaro climb, Milly was asked to do something for Cudeca. As Tim's father had died from cancer, the pair decided to run the marathon to raise money for the Cudeca hospice.

They both realise what a tremendous task they have undertaken and are gradually increasing their training schedule in preparation for the big day.

“We didn't realise what a massive challenge this would be for two novice runners, especially seeing as we are both suffering with previous sports injuries,” Tim told SUR in English.

Tim and Milly are expecting to finish the marathon in around four hours - which is not bad for novice runners - and they have set their target at raising two thousand euros.

“At this current point the furthest we have run is half a marathon and gradually will be increasing the distance prior to the marathon. Obviously our target is as much as possible, but it would be great to raise over 2,000 euros,” Tim explained.

St Patrick's Day party

The financial advisory organisation is holding a special fundraising St Patrick's Day party at the Valparaiso restaurant on Saturday 17 March at 8pm. The party will include a three-course dinner complete with drinks, an auction, raffle and a night of star-studded entertainment. Tickets for the party cost 45 euros and those wishing to donate items for auction are asked to contact Milly on matilda.fitzgerald@devere-spain.es. The event has been organised to raise awareness of, and boost funds for Tim and Milly's participation in the Paris Marathon on 8 April.

DeVere has set up a special sponsorship page where people can support the couple, or sponsors can be pledged on luke.turner@devere-spain.es or by telephone: 952903205.

“The commitment from the pair of them extends far more than the day itself. Cudeca are extremely grateful to Milly and Tim for carrying out this athletic challenge and we look forward to welcoming them home after achieving their goal by crossing the finish line in the French capital,” explained Cudeca fundraiser, Carlos White.