Dad the inspiration for Stuart’s charity marathon exploits

The scenic sights of Paris await for a Sudbury man who will be hot-footing it across the Channel.

But Stuart Davis will not have much time to enjoy the delights of the Eiffel Tower or the Chanselise. Instead, he will be running 26.2 miles as part of the Paris Marathon next weekend.

The 44-year-old, from Bulmer Road, is competing in the race run for the Upbeat Heart Support Group following the sudden death of his father, Gordon, from a heart attack in 2005.

The charity aims to educate people and provide exercises for those with heart problems.

“It is a local charity and does a vital job,” said Stuart.

“Although I will be seeing the sights of Paris and that will be nice, I don’t think it will be easy.”

Stuart’s involvement in the marathon was only confirmed recently after the company he works for, Schneider Electric, agreed to sponsor the event.

However, he says a healthy attitude towards keeping fit should see him through.

“I have only known for 12 weeks, but I have done triathlons before and the Mucky Races at Bures,” he said.

“I am a little bit nervous as it is all last-minute but hopefully I will be ok as I run quite regularly and am now up to 20 miles in training.”

To sponsor Stuart for the marathon on April 7, go to