ben's story 

Name: Benedict DeBoo

Age: 24

Home: Northampton

Parallel Challenge: 10km

“My dad Paul, my brothers Dominic and Peter and my sister Frances all run for fun. I enjoy running with them although they are all faster than me. My mum Janet follows me on her bike when we do a long training run.

“I also run on Tuesdays with Wellingborough and District Athletics Club - the people are really supportive of me and I enjoy going out with them.
“I like where we live because it is easy to get to the football stadium because I love football. I am a massive supporter of Northampton Town Football Club – nicknamed ‘The Cobblers’ - and I attend every home match and some of the away games too. 

“I heard about Parallel London through Livability, who supports me in going out bowling, watching films at the cinema and getting to some of the away football matches.

“Even though I get to run and take part in various running events, it is great that Parallel London is bringing together everybody in one race, regardless of ability. I’ll be running with my dad who is very supportive.

“I enjoy running and this seemed a great opportunity to actually run at the Olympic Park whilst raising money for Livability. I’d also like to help raise greater awareness of their work in the hope that they will support more people like me.

“For anyone thinking of taking part I would say, just give it a go!  I am sure the crowds will be cheering for you no matter how far you run or what your ability may be.

If you would like to run alongside Ben and run for livability, find out more by clicking on the livability logo!