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Hampshire marathon runners raise money for good causes

A wide range of charities are being supported by north-east Hampshire's runners on Sunday

 

This year's London Marathon gets under way at 10am on Sunday (April 13) and once again runners from across north-east Hampshire will be on the start line, raising money for charity.

One of them will be 25-year-old Luke Cottrell, who is helping to raise money for a hospice which has been targeted by thieves three times in five months.

Describing it as one of his biggest challenges, the team leader at Aldershot's KFC said he felt nervous but was hoping to do everyone proud.

Alongside him will be Farnborough postman, David Hartop, who will be running for Prostate Cancer UK.

The 44-year-old said: "This has been an ambition of mine for many years and I’ve seen friends and colleagues battling cancer so it’s a way of supporting them."

Mr Hartop has been training for 10 months and is looking to help the charity combat the most common form of cancer in men.

Fleet's Kiri Smith is another running on Sunday, raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, which grants wishes to children and young people with life-threatening conditions but needs £7m to help more than 1,000 kids.

She said: "I rowed the Channel with seven other Make-A-Wish colleagues in June 2012. We raised over £12,500 and as part of our training I started running.

"I think I got carried away with the euphoria of how great I felt training with colleagues and decided if I could do that I could do anything. I entered the London Marathon ballot and the rest is history."

Epilepsy Action will benefit from the money raised by 20-year-old Beanie Watson from Sandhurst.

Miss Watson has chose the charity for the information it provided which helped her father who has the condition.

"The Epilepsy Action website has been really useful for me and my family and we have been able to use it to find out more information about epilepsy."

Finally, Get Hampshire and the News & Mail's own photographer, Ali Wilson, is raising money for the Lightwater-based charity, Christopher's Smile, set up in honour of five-year-old Christopher Capel who died in 2008.

The charity's vision is "every child diagnosed with childhood cancer should not only survive, but reach adulthood enjoying a good quality of life".

Christopher's mother, Karen, said: “We feel honoured to be supported on a personal level by his running for us and we appreciate the hard work which goes into training in the months prior to the run as well as on the day itself."

 

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