July 31 2014 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Senior reporter
Friday, April 11, 2014
Tom Jarvis will be the youngest runner in the London Marathon, turning 18 today, just two days before the big event.
It is the minimum age for runners in the gruelling race and he is putting off the booze and partying for a week to take part.
Tom of Loughton, is raising money for Woodford Green- based Catholic aid charity CAFOD.
He said: “I’ve been cheering on other CAFOD runners since I was 13 and I loved it so much I promised myself I’d be one of the runners as soon as I got the chance.
“The atmosphere in the crowds along the route is electric and really inspired me, so I can’t wait to experience that when running myself.”
He said he was “really excited and a little nervous” about the marathon, which he hopes to finish in under four hours.
Tom added: “I can’t believe I’m the youngest, but I certainly won’t be the quickest.
“I know eating pasta and getting an early night will be a strange way to spend my 18th birthday, but it will all be worth it on the Sunday.”
He started running just six months ago as a way of keeping fit while his bike was being repaired.
More than £3,000 has been raised and more is coming from a quiz held at the St Thomas of Canterbury church in Woodford Green.
Sponsor Tom via his JustGiving page justgiving.com/Thomas-Jarvis1 or text 70070 with the message TOMJ18 and the amount you want to donate.