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Tot's a wheel inspiration for marathon dad

PUBLISHED: 14:18 18 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 23 August 2010

ON YOUR BIKE! Simon Prestige-Jones with his son Oliver, 3.

ON YOUR BIKE! Simon Prestige-Jones with his son Oliver, 3.

A TODDLER is helping his dad train for this year s London Marathon - as his cycling partner. In preparation for the 26-mile run to be held on April 26, Simon Prestige-Jones of Warwick Gardens, Meopham, has been spurred on by taking Oliver, three, on his

A TODDLER is helping his dad train for this year's London Marathon - as his cycling partner.

In preparation for the 26-mile run to be held on April 26, Simon Prestige-Jones of Warwick Gardens, Meopham, has been spurred on by taking Oliver, three, on his training sessions.

He said: "Oliver loves going on the bike with me. It's a great way to train while spending time with my son. I sit him on the back of my bike and ride around five miles.

"Marathon training takes a lot of effort and time so getting Oliver involved really helps. He understands that daddy is going for a long run and then when I come back we talk about how far I have been.

"Sometimes when I warm down after a longer run Oliver comes out on his own bike. He loves it."

The 37-year-old, who belongs to Vigo Running Club, has decided to run for the marathon in aid of the Helen Rollason Heal Cancer Charity as his sister has friends involved with the charity.

The charity offers support to cancer patients, their families and friends through complementary therapies, counselling and support groups and funds 40 clinical drugs trials enabling some patients access to potentially life-saving drugs not currently available on the NHS.

Josephine Sheffield from Helen Rollason said: "Taking your toddler with you while training certainly is a novel way to prepare but it is fantastic Simon is introducing Oliver to the world of sport at a young age. Training is such a vital part of running a marathon and this way of training is certainly unique. What is great is Oliver is involved in the whole process of knowing his dad is going for a run and is interested to find out how far he has run.

"I would like to take this chance to wish Simon the very best of luck in the marathon. I am confident with a supporter like little Oliver he will succeed."

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/simonprestigejones.

For more information about the charity visit www.helenrollason.org.uk.

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