A keen runner is flying out to Tokyo in a fundraising challenge.

David Ellis, 40, from Prestatyn, put his name into the ballot for the Tokyo Marathon last August not expecting to get a place when a surprise message arrived before Christmas telling him he’d won one of only 2,000 places for overseas athletes.

What’s even more remarkable is that David only started running two years ago to get healthier and has even dropped three stone in the process.


David Ellis from Prestatyn who will run the Tokyo Marathon for our hospices

David, Assistant Manager at Jackson’s Garden Centre, Trelawnyd said: "It was a bit of a surprise really as I’d completely forgotten I’d entered it.

“Luckily I’d been training four times a week and had completed the Chester and Manchester marathons last year, so am actually looking forward to it.”

David will be raising money in sponsorship for our hospices, of whom his employer have been long-time supporters.

“It was through that connection and my support of their shop in Flint that I decided to choose the hospices as my charity.

“I really respect what they do for families in the area and my future races will be for them too.”

Big support

David Ellis has been running for only two years and was inspired to support us through his employer

David’s number one fan is his 13 year-old son Jayden and they have even adorned their home in the town with Japanese flags.

“Jayden is a great supporter and always comes along to events and training with Prestatyn Running club where I am captain.

“He’s like the club mascot,” said David.

With the Tokyo Marathon being renowned as a fast and flat race, David is hoping for a good time and the expected 12 degree weather will certainly help the 37,000 runners get around easier.

The event takes place on Sunday 3rd March and David will be flying out to Tokyo on Wednesday 28th Feb to get set and then see some of Japan’s sights.

Sponsor David