Marathon man Jim raises £1k

RUNNING man Jim Humble has completed his first marathon in the sweltering temperatures of Mumbai to raise more than £1,300 for charity.

Jim, of Whitley Bay won a place in the marathon after entering a competition run by the Sightsavers charity.

The 26-mile run took the 53-year-old 4hrs 37mins to complete, raising £1,316 for Sightsavers so far.

He said: “This was as memorable an event as I could have hoped for and more.

“Mumbai is breathtaking in its intensity, and the people there are so kind.

“The race itself gave me an opportunity to experience everything close hand, and I was pleased with my time for a first marathon.

“Sightsavers in Mumbai also gave me the opportunity to witness the great work being done there, and it was a privilege to be in Mumbai for all of this as their guest.”

Jim, a performance development manager at stairlift provider Stannah, only took up running at the start of last year, describing himself as a reformed couch potato.

He is now a member of the Sunderland Strollers running group.

Sightsavers works in developing countries to prevent and cure blindness and to support those who are irreversibly blind.

It has been working in India for over 45 years.