Jim’s Olympic run in memory of son Nick

Jim Rowley
Jim Rowley

A SCARBOROUGH man is going for gold after winning a place in a charity run through the Olympic Village.

The National Lottery Olympic Park Run takes place on March 31 and will see just 5,000 people run a five-mile course that passes iconic venues including the velodrome and aquatics centre before terminating in the Olympic stadium itself.

Jim Rowley, 51, from Newby, will be joining other lucky runners, including a host of former and current Olympic and Paralympic athletes, on the starting line.

The runners are allowed to use the event to raise money for charities of their choice, with Mr Rowley choosing to support Headway – the brain injury association.

In 2004, Mr Rowley’s son, Nick, died following a brain haemorrhage at the age of just 22.

Since then, Mr Rowley has raised money for Headway, the charity that supports people affected by brain injury, by taking part in events such as the Great North Run.

“I’m incredibly excited,” said Mr Rowley. “I applied last September after seeing the run advertised on the National Lottery website, but I never thought I’d get a place. Running alongside Olympic heroes past and present will be surreal; it’ll be like I’m running in a dream and definitely something to tell the grandchildren one day!

“When Nick died, I wanted to do something positive to help others. Headway is a wonderful charity that does amazing work in supporting individuals and families like ours affected by brain injury.”

To sponsor Mr Rowley, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/jimborolo.