Wanstead rugby player to run seven marathons

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 February 2015

David Yems at the Ealing half marathon.

David Yems at the Ealing half marathon.


A Wanstead rugby player is running seven marathons in three months to raise money for a disability charity.

David Yems, who has already run three marathons last year, is taking on the mammoth challenge in support of his sister, Vicky, who uses a wheelchair.

The 39-year-old, from Shenfield, chose to raise money for Whizz-Kidz, a charity which provides equipment, support and life skills for disabled children.

“The biggest connection I have to the charity is my sister. She suffers from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which is a form of muscular dystrophy,” he said.

The prop forward for Wanstead Rugby Football Club added: “I was going to do a marathon in every country that has a Six Nations team, but Cardiff doesn’t host a marathon.

“Instead I decided to do Lisbon which fitted the bill, being a major European city.”

David ran the Lisbon and Dublin marathons as well as the Ealing half marathon in the autumn and is in training for the Bath half marathon in March before taking on six more races up until the end of May.

David said there was also another reason why he wanted to run all the marathons.

“I had a conversation with a school friend, who said there is no way you could run all the marathons in such a short time,” he said. “Between both the Six Nations and this conversation with a friend I decided to do it, but the main thing is raising money for charity.”

Wanstead RFC have supported David all the way.

He said: “They have been great, they’ve got collection tins behind the bar, and we are organising a raffle with people providing prizes.”

So far David has raised £200.

If you want to help him reach his target of £1,600+, you can donate here or by texting YEMS66 and an amount of £1 - £5 or £10 to 70070.

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