Seaquarium boss inspired by cousin to run marathon

David McCubbin, new manager of the Seaquarium.

David McCubbin, new manager of the Seaquarium. - Credit: Archant

THE manager of a Weston attraction will run the London Marathon for the second time to raise money for a charity which has supported his ill cousin.

David McCubbin, the manager of the Seaquarium, will be raising money for the Dystonia Society.

The charity supports people suffering with dystonia, a term used to describe uncontrollable and sometimes painful muscle spasms caused by incorrect signals from the brain.

David said: “My cousin has got dystonia and it has completely taken over her life, so I am raising money for her in a roundabout way. The charity has done a lot for her.

“It isn’t a condition which has a cure and no-one really knows how it happens. It’s about raising awareness of it. Most people I speak to have never heard of it. Until she got it, none of us had heard anything about it.

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“I can give up during a run but my cousin can’t just switch it off and say ‘I don’t want to be affected by this today’. It really helps with motivation when I’m training in all weathers.”

As it is the 36-year-old’s second marathon, he knows what he is letting himself in for.

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He said: “I have been training since June and have run just over 600 miles.

“I’m not a very athletic person, so the time isn’t important, it’s just about getting around. I’ve done a lot of training, and so I’m just tapering it off now and looking forward to the day.”

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