The original article was in the Birmingham Mail and was written by Jonny Greatrex – it can be found here.
FITNESS mad Paul Cole is taking a well-earned rest after completing a bumper year of fundraising exploits.
The 60-year-old, from Harborne, completed two marathons, three half marathons and skydived from 10,000ft in a bid to earn cash for Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Dad-of-two Paul also abseiled down Birmingham’s iconic Fort Dunlop building, the home of the Birmingham Mail, and even finished a triathlon.
He finished his year of activities by doing the New York Marathon in a time of four hours 42 minutes. Paul, who is general manager of Robins and Day Peugeot dealers in Newport Road, Castle Bromwich, said: “It was an amazing experience.
“We started on Staten Island and ran out across the Verrazano Bridge then went around all the famous bits of the city.
“The crowds were great and the intensity of the cheering got louder and louder as we got to the finish.”
Paul is hoping to raise more than £5,000 for the Acorns Children’s Hospice, which has suffered a drop in donations because of the recession. He began his running adventures after being inspired by prolific athlete Blind Dave Heeley. He said: “A few years ago I was working in West Bromwich where one of the staff told me about Dave.
“I felt inspired so I began training for the London marathon in 2006.
“I raised £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support that year, as they really helped look after my mum. I did it again last year and crossed the line with Dave.
“All I planned to do this year was the London Marathon.
“But I realised people were not parting with their money so I thought I would do something else.”
Paul has so far raised more than £3,000 of his £5,000 target.