TAXI driver Ben Rowe ran a marathon and raised money for medical staff who cared for his late parents.

The 24-year-old tackled the Manchester Marathon in aid of Barnsley Hospital's intensive care unit and Barnsley Hospice.

His mum, Bev, 47, who received treatment at the hospice, died from stomach cancer and cancer of the spleen in 2005.

His dad, Paul, died following a heart attack last year, aged 55. He was taken to the intensive care unit at Barnsley Hospital and after five days was declared brain dead and the family had to turn off his life support machine.

Ben, who grew up around Oakwell, but now lives on Hillside in Ardsley, hopes the £1,500 he has raised through his toil will be put to good use.

It took him five hours and 46 minutes to complete the 26.2-mile course and confessed he was just happy to have done it after admitting the furthest he had run before was 'to the shop'.

"To be honest I am just pleased to have finished because it was really difficult," he said.

"I was running in memory of my mum and dad and just I kept them in my mind to keep me going. I am happy with what I've raised and received lots of support."