Completed: Thirteen half marathons in 13 months for charity

Completed: Thirteen half marathons in 13 months for charity

Amanda Hall

Completed: Thirteen half marathons in 13 months for charity

A determined Maidenhead dad has smashed his fundraising target after running 13 half marathons to raise money for bereaved families.

Dedicated Gareth Ralphs completed the challenge in 13 months to raise cash for Twyford-based charity Daisy's Dream in memory of his 15-month-old son Max who died from a rare heart condition.

The 46-year-old, of Courthouse Road, said he is 'ecstatic' after raising almost £14,000 for the charity, which supports bereaved families and children.

He said: "It's been a big challenge but I've had a lot of support from friends, family and some complete strangers.

"At some points I felt like I might not be able to complete but I'm so proud now that it's done."

The father-of-three started the challenge in December last year to mark what would have been his Max's 13th year with support from his wife Suzy and two sons Sam, 16 and Toby, 10.

He initially set a fundraising target of £1,013 but after smashing it a day after launching the challenge he upped the ante to £13,013.

Gareth has completed half marathons across the country culminating in the Maidenhead Half Marathon on September 16, which would have been his son's 14th birthday.

Max died at the family home in December 1999, after the healthy toddler developed flu like symptoms.

He was diagnosed with Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, which led to heart failure.

An online auction was also held on December 13 which raised more than £1,700.

Gareth added: "We're so proud to be able to raise so much for a wonderful charity that did so much for our family when we were in need.

"Hopefully the money can be used to help other families like ours."

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