A professor from Penrith is lacing up his running shoes to complete this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon. Professor Gus Baker will take on the gruelling 26.2 mile run on Sunday 26 April to raise vital funds for national charity Epilepsy Action. The charity provides advice and support to the 600,000 people with epilepsy in the UK.
Gus is Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at The Walton Centre and at the University of Liverpool. His wife, Professor Ann Jacoby, has been involved in epilepsy-related research since 1986. Their many years of award-winning work in the field helping patients with epilepsy, as well as a significant birthday, prompted his decision to run for the charity.
Gus explains. “I have decided to set myself some challenges for my 60th birthday year. The first of these is to run the marathon after a break of more than thirty years. I am hoping to raise some money for Epilepsy Action, a charity that Ann and I have served for most of our careers. We are both deeply committed to the cause and have an especially high regard for the people who work there and the people they serve.”
Gus will be running with his brother-in-law Robin Walker, who has generously given his time to raise money for Epilepsy Action. “We have both been training in our separate countries, Robin in Oviado in Spain and myself in Cumbria. I have assured him that there are more hills in Penrith than Oviedo, but he is not convinced.”
Gus aims to raise £1,750 for Epilepsy Action. The money he raises will help to support the charity’s work all over the UK.