South East Wales

James Rudolf completes 159-mile run to Cardiff after marathon

James Rudolf hugs his son Oscar after finishing the run
Image caption Oscar was released from hospital so he could greet his father when he arrived back in Cardiff

A man who ran the London Marathon - and then continued running all the way home to Cardiff - has arrived back in the Welsh capital to a hero's welcome.

James Rudolf ran the 159 miles back to Wales after last Sunday's marathon.

He was welcomed back by family, members of the Cardiff Blues rugby team and hundreds of supporters as he arrived at Cardiff Arms Park.

Mr Rudolf is raising money for the charity that helped his son, Oscar, who has a rare form of cancer.

The 41-year-old father-of four, from Lisvane, in Cardiff, said his six-year-old was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcome, a rare soft tissue cancer, in 2014.

'Emotional week'

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

Mr Rudolf said: "It's hard to put into words how I'm feeling now. It's been a great week, I've really enjoyed it.

"It's been really hard work, but to see everyone out here today is amazing. It's great to be back with Sarah, my wife, Oscar and our other three boys, I'm very happy."

The original fundraising target set by James was £10,000. He has now raised more than £65,000 for Latch.

Oscar was admitted to hospital on Thursday evening because his temperature went up, but doctors agreed to let him leave hospital with his mother to see his father complete his run on Friday evening.

He later returned to the oncology ward where he was being treated with antibiotics before being released on Saturday morning.

Mrs Rudolf said: "I'm very proud of James and the friends who ran back with him from London, it's been a very emotional week."

Image copyright Gareth Everett

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
Image caption Oscar fell ill during a family holiday to Cornwall last Easter to celebrate his father's 40th birthday

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