Londonís calling for local runners
Twenty runners from St Austell Running Club will take to the streets of London on Sunday as they take part in the London Marathon.
Seven different charities will be rewarded by the runners who have been frantically working hard, not only training for Sunday’s big event, but also fundraising for such worthwhile causes.
One of the runners who is making his marathon debut is Stuart Richards.
Stuart is running for Children in Need, having won an auction on Chris Evans’ breakfast show.
He is part of the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show’s Magnificent Seven, having won an auction to run as part of Evans’ team this weekend.
He has received training advice from legendary runner Steve Cram and will be running the event along with Evans himself, wife Natasha and Vassos Alexander, another member of the Radio 2 team.
Cornwall Hospice Care have five runners taking part in Sunday’s race, including marathon debutants Gareth Rowett, Jane Appleton, Leanne Smith and Hannah Adams, whilst Gemma Pateman is back for her second London Marathon.
Having received a St Austell Running Club ballot place Jacqui Martin is running for the Mermaid Centre and she is looking to remember the day and knows it will be a huge achievement completing the 26.2-mile course.
The other ballot winner from the club was David Ralls and David, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 is running for the Sunrise Centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro.
Chris Marriott is running his first London marathon and is running for the Cat’s Protection Cornwall adoption centre, Matt Phillips is running for CLIC, Andrew Lucas Bloodwise, Dan Nicholls FLEET and new member Mike Greer will also compete.
The club’s men’s captain Jamie Masters is targeting a sub-three finish as he takes part in his first London Marathon, which will be his eighth marathon, having qualified good for age.
Also on the good for age are Claire Todd and Tim Adams and on the championship start Paul Maskell, Jessica Buscombe, Jez Mancer and Emma Murray.
Other local runners taking part this weekend are Nicki Bradbury, Matt Ward, Treve Murley, Nicola Woodley and James Carter.
Good luck to everyone taking part.