Gym Community Helps Injured Runner

Fundraiser Lee Morris

Marathon man helped with fundraiser

A community of runners has come out in support of a Swansea man who was injured while trying to attempt a massive fundraiser in memory of his best friend.

Lee Morris, from Waunarlwydd, wanted to do 20 marathons in 20 days. However, seven days in, things went wrong.

Lee  hobbled off the treadmill at Simplygym in Gorseinon in pain; after getting it checked out, he discovered he had stress fracture and is now in plaster.

But there is a happy end to the story because dozens of people who train at the gym heard about Lee's situation and decided to complete the challenge for him.

He's now raised just more than £1,500 for the Rhodri Jones Memorial Bone Cancer Research Trust. 

Rhodri Jones, another local boy, died of bone cancer at the age of 20.

South Wales Police is appealing for information to identify a potential witness involving the murder of Marcus Sheppard.

Marcus, 37, died during the early hours of Monday 27 February 2017 in the Sandfields area of Port Talbot.

The CCTV was taken on Monday 27 February 2017 and timed at 01:28hrs on Dalton Road, Sandfields - close to the Spar Shop. 

If you recognise - or are the person in the CCTV - please contact police on 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 quoting reference: 1700074934. 

"         Note: Police have charged a 33-year-old from Sandfields, Port Talbot with murder. The trial is due to take place on 3 July 2017.

Lee Johnson, general manager of Simplygym Gorseinon, said:"Lee was heart broken he couldn’t complete the 20 marathons.

"We posted on Facebook then the Gorseinon community kicked in.

"People from all around Swansea have been running part or full marathons to assist Lee in completing 20 marathons in 20 days!

"Lee couldn't run but he's been here daily to cheer and support the runners who are helping his amazing cause

"Every cloud has a silver lining in that there is now even more exposure for cancer research and his fund; and the support from the community has been overwhelming."


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