A WYBERTON man is hoping to take a bite of the Big Apple when he runs the New York Marathon on Sunday.
Operational director at Aaron Services Jon Posey wanted to do the London Marathon earlier in the year but was unsuccessful in the ballot.
The 38-year-old has now decided to join 47,000 other runners taking part in the 26.2 mile New York Marathon in aid of Children with Cancer UK.
He has been training hard in preparation, running about 50 miles a week, and has the full support of family, friends and co-workers.
He said: “I’ve had massive support from family and friends.
“I’ve just had six months of the hardest training I’ve ever done in my life, but it will be worth it.
“I think I’ve clocked up well over 500 miles,” he added.
Jon flies out to the Big Apple on Friday and will return to England the following Wednesday.
It will be the first marathon he has run since his teens when he ran the Seabank Marathon for several years in a row.
“I remember I used to turn up on the days with no training and do it, then I’d be crippled up for weeks after,” he said.
“I’ve learnt from that this time.”
He said the last time he had been to New York was when he went with his girlfriend and she proposed to him. He admitted he was in trouble this time because she wasn’t going.
He said: “I’m going for the marathon this time not to do some shopping.”
Jon said he had met his fundraising target, and on Monday, the total stood at £1,926.
He said he was nervous about the weather, having listened to reports about snow on the east coast and had been advised to wear both summer and winter running clothes.
“I don’t really want to be running in my wellies.” he added.
The New York marathon was established in 1970.
It is one of the largest in the world and had 45,103 finishers in 2010.
The course covers all five boroughs of New York City, beginning on Staten Island and ending at Tavern on the Green, in Central Park, Manhattan.
To sponsor Jon visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JonPosey.
l For more details: www.nycmarathon.org.