When it comes to celebrating a birthday many 70-year-olds would be content with a cake and a family get-together.
But then grandfather-of-five Chris Holdsworth has never done things the conventional way.
For when the keen runner turned 70, he only had one thing in mind when it came to how to celebrate – running the Berlin Marathon.
And while many might think that alone is impressive enough, he also did it to raise cash for a cause very close to his heart.
His chosen charity, Get Kids Going, enables disadvantaged and disabled young people to compete in sport.
And after Chris’s nephew suffered a fatal fall in 2012, knowing that if he had survived Get Kids Going would have provided him with the disability support he needed,he decided that was the cause for him.
Chris, from Lady Bower Lane, Poulton, said: “Sports is a huge part of your development and seriously helps with your mental health.
“After my nephew passed away and with my son, Ivan, working with special needs children, I decided to give back by running the marathon for this worthy charity.
“It was a great way to celebrate my birthday and memorable to say the least. A very well-organised event and a nice, flat track to make the run that little bit easier.”
The Berlin Marathon took place on Sunday and saw thousands of participants run the 26.2-mile trek all in aid of their chosen charities.
Chris, along with his two sons Ivan, 45 and Myles Holdsworth, 42, completed the marathon in five hours and 18 minutes.
“All went extremely well, it was great running alongside my sons and their ongoing support, I’ve been training properly since Christmas, five nights a week. The run was difficult, I discovered muscles I didn’t even know I had. I’ve always been involved in sport, having played rugby at Fylde for 17 years so I understand how important it is to young people’s development,” he added. What makes his achievement even more impressive was that Chris, who has been married to former A&E sister Pat for 46 years – recovered from bowel cancer and a heart bypass in 2007 to undertake a gruelling training regime for the race. In fact it has taken him seven years to build up his strength, train hard and embark on a charity fund-raiser.
So far with support from family and friends Chris, who works with his wife as an energy management consultant in Cleveleys, has managed to raise just over £2,000 but is keeping his just giving page live until Christmas. For more information on Chris’s cause or to give money visit his Just Giving page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/chrisholdsworth