A MAN with severe brain damage was among more than 500 runners taking advantage of unseasonably good weather.

Alexander Treloar, 31, of Rhyl joined 564 others to tackle the Rhyl 10 Miler, organised by Run Wales on Saturday, raising £120 in preparation for the London Marathon on April 28 on behalf of brain injury charity Headway.

The runner, who has been living with the condition since he was a young boy which effects his neural and mental growth, managed the route from Rhyl Events Arena to Prestatyn Golf Club and back in 2 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds alongside family friend Paula Devlin.

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Victoria Owens, Alexander's sister and trainer said: "It was really hot, the sun was blazing onto us and the atmosphere was great - everyone was encouraging each other.

"As the course looped back, the faster runners were heading back whilst Alexander were still heading to the turn around point, this gave the faster runners the opportunity to encourage the ones nearer the back - which they did without fail. Even the very fast front runners slowed down to give him a high five as they passed each other on the course.

While Alexander’s physical growth has been unaffected, he is unable to comprehend distance and has been training in small increments, such as lamppost to lamppost, since last June.

With this latest run, Alexander is edging closer marathon fitness, and has already completed The Running Bible virtual half marathon earlier this year.

Mrs Owens added: ""His mindset is very strong and he keeps pushing forward. He also loves to listen to music along the route. The Beatles are his favourite."

To date, Alexander has raised £1,330 of his £1,850.00 target for brain injury charity headway. to donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com.