Grantham runners prepare for London Marathon in support of charities

Terry Yates, pictured with his son Freddie, at last year's London Marathon at the 19 mile mark.

Terry Yates, pictured with his son Freddie, at last year's London Marathon at the 19 mile mark.

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Runners from the Grantham area are preparing for the London Marathon on Sunday in support of their chosen charities.

Alastair Hawken, who owns Panini and Grantham Gingerbread, will be running in memory of his mother, Christine, who lost her fight against cancer when she was only 52. He is raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, which he describes as an “amazing charity”. To make a donation to his JustGiving page go to www.justgiving.com/paninilondon
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Abi Schofield is running the marathon for the NSPCC. She has organised various fundraising events including pub bingo nights and a bike ride in Asda. On Wednesday, she organised a pyjama day at Stepping Stones nursery where she works. She is a member of Grantham Running Club and has done six half marathons this year.

Abi is a former KGGS girl and is due to graduate as a teacher from Bedford University soon. She is aiming to raise £2,000 for her charity. Her donations page is www.justgiving.com/runschofield

Penny Hedley Lewis, who lives in Corby Glen, is running her eighth London Marathon and raising money for the British Red Cross. She is President of the Lincolnshire branch. Last year Penny, 64, ran her best time of 4:03:56. She said: “There is a huge atmosphere at the London Marathon and that always pulls you along.” Her donations page is http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PennyHedleyLewis-1

Terry Yates, 35, of Winchester Road, Grantham, is running the London Marathon for the second time. He is raising money for Children With Cancer. Last year he ran the marathon in 5hrs 45mins. Terry said: “I had tried to do the London Marathon for years. I did it last year and it was really good. If I can do it in that time again I will be pleased. I trot round and enjoy it!” Terry’s donations page is at www.virginmoneygiving.com/TerryYates

Chairman of Grantham Business Club Stuart Pigram is running the marathon for the third time in support of two charities - The National Blind Children’s Society and Rainbows Hospice for children and young people. Stuart’s fundraising page is at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/stuartpigram or send a cheque, made payable to Trust Group Fundraising, to Stuart at Trust House, 10 Guildhall Street, Grantham NG31 6NJ.