As runners are set to lace up their trainers for the London Marathon this weekend, we take a look at two competitors looking to complete the gruelling 26-plus miles to raise money for charity.
Marie Mann, from Heanor, will take on the challenging 26.2-mile run on Sunday, April 13, to raise vital funds for national charity Epilepsy Action.
Marie is running for the cause because her partner, Paul, 31, has recently been diagnosed with epilepsy. Marie and Paul have two daughters, aged two and four, who have witnessed their dad’s condition first hand, she said.
Marie, 29, said: “When Paul was diagnosed with epilepsy, it had a huge impact on us all. Epilepsy Action were an excellent source of advice, information and support.
My main reason for running for Epilepsy Action is to raise awareness about the condition.
“I enjoy the freedom that running offers, and am loving training for the marathon.
“Running has become a family affair as our four-year-old daughter now trains with me every Saturday morning. I have never run a marathon before but I’m sure that running in my Epilepsy Action vest will keep me motivated. I feel proud to wear it.”
Marie hopes to raise more than £1,500 for the charity.
To sponsor her visit justgiving.com/marie-mann.
Just down the road, Dr Tony Wordley, a GP at Ripley’s Ivy Grove Surgery for over 30 years, will be running in his first major marathon.
Dr Wordley said: “I am a 58-year-old GP.
“I would not describe myself as a natural runner but am fairly fit and enjoy a challenge.”
Dr Wordley had planned to run the marathon last year although a rare bone condition unfortunately ruled him out of contention.
He said: “I am therefore now dividing sponsorship between Cancer Research and the National Osteoporosis Society.
If you wish to support Dr Wordley you can donate to his chosen charities via website www.virginmoneygiving.com.