This year’s London Marathon is just around the corner, and for runners up and down the country the nerves will be kicking in.
Of the tens of thousands who will be running the 26.2 mile race on April 24, includes a number of budding participants from the Grantham area.
Best friends, Julie Gilbert and Rachel Pattison, both aged 46, from Grantham, will be taking on this year’s race to raise money for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.
Julie said: “I took part in last year’s London Marathon, but this is Rachel’s first time. Once again, this is in loving memory of Adam Parker, the son of some very good friends, who sadly passed away in October 2014.”
The pair, who have been training since last Summer, have gradually been building up distance and have recently reached 20 miles.
“We are hoping that adrenaline and the support of the crowd will see us through those last few miles,” said Julie. “We’re both really excited and looking forward to the challenge.”
Having already exceeded their original target of £3,600, both Julie and Rachel are now determined to hit the £5,000 mark.
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Joining the girls on their big day, will be Grantham mother and daughter Emma and Kitty Taylor, who will taking on the ‘ultimate’ challenge to raise money for Beating Bowel Cancer.
The duo, from Little Humby, have already raised an amazing £5,100, through events such as a village dinner and a New Year’s Day football match, organized by the Bowlby family of Aisby.
They have also had many very generous donations from friends and colleagues.
Emma, 50, said: “Bowel cancer has touched the lives of many families that we know so we wanted to raise money and awareness.
“People just don’t talk about bowel cancer enough so people are less aware of the symptoms and this can cost lives. We all need to get over the stigma and embarrassment surrounding the disease so people can get diagnosed as early as possible.”
Kitty, 21, who works for Town’s Agricultural, said: “I can’t really believe we are running the marathon as neither of us are really runners, but it is for such a great cause and we have had so many amazing donations.”
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Also taking part in this year’s marathon will be keen sportsman and member of Grantham Running Club, Brendon Buckley, from Grantham.
This is the first time Brendon has ever ran a marathon, and at the age of 66, he has decided ‘if I don’t do it soon I never will!’
Having competed in athletics, football and hockey, running is something that Brendon’s wife, Yvonne encouraged him to take up in 2014, taking part in the 5k park run at Newark.
“With a bit of a run and a walk, but with guidance and encouragement I progressed to 10k races,” said Brendon. “Then in December 2014, I ran my first half marathon in what is known as the ‘Turkey Trot’ at Keyworth in Nottingham, followed by the local Newton in March 2015.”
Now, two years on and Brendon is a keen runner, taking part in regular races including the Stamford Valentines 30k in February this year and the Ashby 20 miler in March.
Brendon will be raising funds for two charities on the day, St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice and Macmillan Nurses who have agreed to spend the money within the county.
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And not one to shy away from a challenge, marathon ‘guru’ Penny Hedley Lewis, from Corby Glen will be running this year’s London Marathon for the 11th time!
Penny ran her first marathon in 2006 aged 57, and has completed the London challenge ever since, achieving a personal best of 4.03.59 in 2012.
She will be raising money for the British Red Cross, a charity that Penny has supported for many years, as President of the Lincolnshire branch.
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