Determined dad is going the extra mile to support children and families

A DETERMINED Wishaw dad is going the extra mile to support children and families across Scotland.

We’re delighted that James Paterson will lace up his trainers on Sunday to complete his 10th London Marathon for Children 1st.
The 44-year-old, who owns Paterson Trophy Supplies in Wishaw and Larkhall, has already raised an incredible £14,500 to support children and families across Scotland and hopes to go a step further this year by raising even more money.
James said he can’t wait to take on the ‘virtual’ 26.2 mile leg busting challenge on Sunday 4th October – pounding the pavements from his home in Wishaw to Hampden Park and back again after the annual event in London was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “Children 1st is such an amazing local children’s charity - I’m ultimately doing it to help children and families across Scotland. It will be a very different London Marathon this year but I like a challenge." 
It was back in 2009 when James was first inspired to run the London Marathon for Children 1st.
He said: “I was inspired to do the marathon after watching it while we were in London. One of my customers who comes into the shop runs an athletics club in Motherwell and when I told her I had applied, she suggested I do it for Children 1st. I absolutely loved my first London Marathon so I just keep doing it every year. It’s become our annual family event as I like to take the kids down to watch.”
Although this year will be a very different London Marathon, James is really looking forward to the challenge.
He said: “I’m not a runner – I do a marathon in 4 hours and 40 minutes so it’s not bad, I just enjoy it. But I’ve hardly trained this year due to lockdown so a lot of people will say I’ll never be able to do it but I will. I think this year will be a harder run but I’m stubborn so I’ll just run. It doesn’t matter how long it takes me, I’ll still do it – that’s what it takes to run a marathon. People say oh you need to be really fit which is true but you need to be stubborn especially if you’re not a runner.”
James plans to start his marathon at 5am on Sunday and will be cheered on by his own support team – wife Kirsty and their two children Daisy, and Ellis.
He added: “It will certainly be a different marathon because there will be nobody there. But Kirsty and the kids will be there to cheer me on and I’m sure there will be plenty of jelly babies to keep me going.”
James is keen to thank everyone who has supported his fundraising efforts over the years.
He said: “It makes me feel really proud as we’re only a wee company. It’s really thanks to everyone who has donated over the years, I’m so grateful.”
Gary Kernahan, our director of fundraising said James’ phenomenal fundraising efforts are making a difference to the lives of children and families across Scotland.
He said: “On behalf of everyone at Children 1st, we would like to say a huge thanks to James for his incredible fundraising over the years. Children 1st Parentline has been helping families in Wishaw and across the country to cope through coronavirus. Every penny James’ raises is helping us to be there for more children and families when they need us, for as long as they need us.
“James has already raised £14,500 for Children 1st which is extraordinary. We are all rooting for him as he prepares to run his 10th London Marathon and we wish him the best of luck.”
If you’d like to sponsor James you can do so online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/patersons2020