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London Marathon Herefordshire and Worcestershire

London Marathon 2009
In 2008 more than 34,000 crossed the line - a record

Here are the people we know are running in the London Marathon on 25 April 2010.

You can also find links to their sponsorship sites.

If you are running in this year's event then you can send your details and a picture to

Phil Ashman and Nigel Highfield
Phil Ashman and Nigel Highfield
Phil Ashman and Nigel Highfield are training together

Phil and Nigel will be running ( or maybe walking!!) this year London Marathon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support .

This is a charity very close to both of them.

Sadly Phil's brother passed away in July last year from cancer, and this is his way of saying "thank you" to the support that Macmillan gave to his brother.

Nigel has been roped in so that Phil has someone to swear at during training.

Sponsor Nigel and Phil here

James Bruton

London Marathon 2009
Some of the many fun runners raising money for charity

James will be running the marathon on the day of his 18th birthday.

He's raising money for the British Heart Foundation , in memory of his grandfather.

Sponsor James here

Julie Draper

Julie Draper
Julie has already raised more than 4,000 in previous marathons

Julie Draper has raised thousands for the Worcester and District branch of Cats Protection from her two previous runs in the London Marathon.

The 50-year-old medical secretary, who works at Kidderminster Hospital, had to reluctantly pull out of last year's race due to injury, and her place was held over to this year.

In 2008, she completed the London Marathon, despite a bad back, a cold her husband gave her, and a hailstorm during the event.

Sponsor Julie here

Nigel Edginton

Nigel Edginton
Nigel is running to raise money for homeless people

I will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday 25th April 2010.

With the training underway and consisting of 16 weeks of hard running I think the finish line will be a special place.

I have chosen to raise money for a charity which offers support and accommodation for the homeless, giving them the prospect of independence.

My goal is to raise £1250

Sponsor Nigel here

Tony Fisher

Tony Fisher
Running has totally transformed Tony's life, and beer consumption

BBC Hereford & Worcester's Tony Fisher is running his first marathon, and you can follow his progress on his show, 0900 - 1200 GMT Sunday to Friday.

He's taking his training very seriously, and has lost four stone in the process!

Tony is raising money for St Richard's Hospice .

Sponsor Tony here

Jules Griffiths

Runner at the London Marathon
Runners have raised more than 300m for charity

Jules Griffiths is preparing for the big event in memory of her late sister-in-law, who was cared for by St Richard's Hospice .

The 40-year-old mother of two is hoping to raise £2,000 for her chosen charity.

There is a team of nine runners taking part for St Richard's in 2010.

Sponsor Jules here

Sarah Grout

Sarah Groat training for the London marathon
Sarah took up running to recover from a serious accident

Sarah had a dreadful skiing accident two years ago, and nearly lost her life through a cardiac arrest (not to mention dislocated hip and badly damaged knees).

She took up running to help her recovery, and took part in the Malvern half marathon in June.

She decided to run in the London Marathon and has been training with the Malvern Joggers four or five times a week.

She's running to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sarah is also asking people to sponsor her to dye her hair green (Macmillan's colour) for the marathon as well

She's aiming to get 500 sponsors at £2 each.

Sponsor Sarah here

Simon Hall

Runners in the London Marathon
Simon is particularly looking forward to going past the Cutty Sark

Simon, from Evesham, will celebrate his 40th birthday just a month before the event, and says he wants to prove to himself that 40 really is just a number.

He is in training for the event, although he says the recent snow has not helped, but he knows what to expect, after running the London marathon once before, and taking part in a few other half marathons.

He said, "My biggest challenge is fitting it all in around my family and not getting injured."

He is raising money for St Richard's Hospice

Paul Holder

Paul Holder
Paul applied three times to enter the marathon before being accepted

Paul, a site manager at Cherry Orchard Primary School off Bath Road, Worcester, has been training for the big event since last September.

He has completed two half marathons before, but this will be the first time he is taking on the full marathon.

Paul said, "I have personally appreciated the support and care that St Richard's Hospice provided to a family member in the final days of his life."

Sponsor Paul here

David Knapper

David Knapper
David is a retained firefighter in Herefordshire

David is running for The Fire Fighters Charity which helps injured Fire Fighters across the UK.

He chose the charity because he may need them to help me return to work after an injury.

He is a retained fire fighter at Ross on Wye Station 44 for Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

Sponsor David here

Keith Peters

Keith is Watch Manager for White Watch Worcester

Worcester fire fighter Keith Peters is nearing the end of a marathon fundraising challenge - to raise £10,000 for St Richard's Hospice as a thank you for the charity's care of his late wife, Sue.

He has been in training for the London marathon since October last year, and knows what to expect from the experience after finishing the event in 2007.

Sponsor Keith here

Ian Sockett

Ian Sockett
Ian Sockett at the finish of the paris Marathon

Ian's journey to the streets of London is a remarkable one, that has seen him recover from an eating disorder and run his first marathon in Paris, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support .

Despite suffering a stress fracture (and passing 40!) he's planning to raise £2,000.

Sponsor Ian here

Ruth Stockburn

Ruth is an aerobics instructor and already has good fitness levels.

Drama teacher Ruth Stockburn from Worcester will be thinking of her late father to inspire her along the long miles of this year's London Marathon.

Ruth, 29 took up running with her father, Andy, when she was 16, and the pair used to train regularly together.

Andy died at St Richard's Hospice in Worcester in May 2008, and Ruth is raising funds from her marathon run for the charity.

She said, "My biggest challenge will be training without my Dad - I always used to run with him and this is the first ever training I have done without him."

Sponsor Ruth here

Luan Wall

Luan Hall
Luan is hoping to set a personal best time, with the help of her husband

I'm 38 and a full-time mum and Part-time fitness instructor.

I've been running marathons since 2003, although I've had a couple of years off from it due to a knee injury, and having a beautiful daughter who turns one in March 2010.

I will be running London with my husband Ian, who has kindly agreed to pace me round as I am aiming to break three hours 45 minutes (my previous best at the distance is four hours and one minute).

Having lost countless friends and relatives to cancer, as well as having a few who are currently battling the illness in one form or another, Ian & I always run for Cancer Research UK. The memories of those we have lost always seem to help spur us on...


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