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James Rudolf to run 159 miles home after completing London Marathon

James Rudolf Image copyright James Rudolf
Image caption James Rudolf described it as a "ridiculous challenge"

Most of the runners in Sunday's London Marathon will have trained for months before tackling the 26.2 mile course.

But a Cardiff man is using it as a "warm-up" for an even bigger challenge - running 159 miles home afterwards.

James Rudolf, 41, plans to complete the marathon then spend a further five days covering about 30 miles a day.

The father-of-four is raising money for the charity that helped after his son Oscar, five, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Mr Rudolf described it as "a ridiculous challenge" but said he will be inspired by Oscar, his "hero".

His journey home starts at the London Marathon finish line outside Buckingham Palace and will end at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff on 1 May - marking one year since Oscar started having treatment.

"I thought I'd use the marathon as a warm-up. I think that might have been a mistake," Mr Rudolf said.

Image copyright James Rudolf
Image caption After being diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, Oscar had to travel to Florida for radiotherapy treatment

The journey home

  • Monday: London (The Mall) to Maidenhead, 31.68 miles
  • Tuesday: Maidenhead to Wantage, 34.79 miles
  • Wednesday: Wantage to Malmesbury, 34.79 miles
  • Thursday: Malmesbury to Chepstow, 30.33 miles
  • Friday: Chepstow to Cardiff, 27.34 miles

Oscar was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer, in 2014.

He needed chemotherapy as well as proton radiotherapy treatment in Florida.

Charity Latch paid for Mr Rudolf and sons Dylan, 12, Oliver, 10 and Will, eight, to join Oscar and mum Sarah in the USA, and offered other support.

The youngster is now returning to school part-time and will undergo further tests every three months.

Image caption Oscar fell ill during a family holiday to Cornwall last Easter to celebrate his father's 40th birthday
Image copyright James Rudolf
Image caption Oscar has returned to school part-time and is excited about his hair growing back to how it looked a year ago

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