Cerebral palsy sufferer’s marathon effort to help hospice

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Grimsby Telegraph | March 19, 2016

MARATHON MAN: Kyle Oakes, 22, has mild cerebral palsy and is running the London marathon for St Andrew’s Hospice.

Having mild cerebral palsy is proving to be no barrier to sporting achievement for Kyle Oakes – who is running the London Marathon for St Andrew’s Hospice.

Kyle, 22, said: “This is my third marathon. I ran Manchester last April and I managed to do that one in three hours, 18 minutes and 29 seconds. I did my second one in Hull, that was last September, which was a slower, hilly course and my time was three hours, 18 minutes and 58 seconds.

“If you have a disability, it pushes you more. There’s people who are in a worse situation to me, in their last stage of life. I’m able to run so I might as well raise money for them. My target was around £600 but I’m hoping to surpass that and raise around £800 to 900.

“I’m hoping to run the course in three hours and ten minutes. I have watched it on the TV before but I have never been. Now I am running I’m more interested in it. I’m going down with my auntie, Tracy Turrell, on the team coach.”

Mum Lorraine Oakes, 45, shared his remarkable story: “He had a hell of a start and never wanted to be classified as disabled. He was born nine weeks prematurely in Germany, on Boxing day 1993 – a little eager, as he wasn’t due until March 1994.

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