Shea warms up for London Marathon with star names

Shea Holland
Shea Holland

A charity runner warmed up in style ahead of the London marathon – and rubbed shoulders with some famous names in the process.

Shea Holland, of Tower Road in Boston, completed the Silverstone Adidas half marathon in support of the Butterfly Hospice.

He completed the race alongside Paralympic gold medallist David Weir, 400-metre British record holder Iwan Thomas and Tony Audenshaw - who plays Emmerdales Bob Hope.

He now heads to the capital on April 21 to take on the famous race in aid of the Boston Mayor’s charities and Butterfly Hospice.

Shea said: “The London Marathon is a global event and people run it to help all sorts of world charities, but I thought it would be good to keep it local and raise money for local good causes here in Boston.”

Shea, partner to Siobhan and full-time father to Codi-Leigh (11), Leo (6), Oscar (4) and Kimi (2) is a qualified fitness instructor and is training to be a personal trainer at the Peter Paine Sports Centre in Boston.

Mayor Coun Colin Brotherton, added: “I don’t think the Mayor’s charities have ever had support from a London Marathon runner before. Shea has been training really hard and I hope plenty of people will get behind him and offer him sponsorship.”

If you want to help Shea support the Butterfly Hospice visit www.charitygiving.co.uk/shealeigh or email shealeighholland@yahoo.co.uk. To help support the Mayor’s Charities - St Barnabas Hospice, Boston Branch, and DOCATEF (Detection of Cancer and Treatment Equipment Fund) - contact 01205 314511 or email alison.hull@boston.gov.uk