DISTANCE runner and charity fundraiser, Liam McHugh from Castlederg, looks set to be embarking on his last marathon in London this Sunday.
This will be Liam’s 12th time taking on the epic course, bringing his total number marathons to 28, raising over £218,000 in the process.
However, a leg injury looks like ending his running.
“I have been advised by a doctor to pack it in,” Liam explained. “There is a 99 per-cent chance this will be my last marathon. Afterwards I plan to take six months to a year out… and if I am not fully recovered I will quit. I have to listen to the experts.”
Liam uses his passion for running to raise money to fund research at the Cystic Fibrosis unit at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital. He also spearheads a campaign to make the life-saving and life-enhancing drug Orkambi available to sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis in the North.
Orkambi, which is available in the Republic of Ireland, has been made available to Liam’s 27-year-old daughter Rachel on a trial basis through American pharmaceutical company Vertex and has made huge changes to her quality of life.
The Derg man expressed “frustration” that while MLAs are giving their support to make Orkambi available here, there is no local government to push it forward.
He said, “I think we would have got it through by now if we had a government here. It is so frustrating.”
Liam has thanked Lynch Plaster & Concrete Mouldings of Castlederg for sponsoring his participation in the marathon.
• To donate to Liam’s fundraising endeavours, log onto: https://cft-londonmarathon19.everydayhero.com/uk/liam