Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Charity runners taking part in the London Marathon

RUNNERS from across the area are busy preparing for the 33rd London Marathon on Sunday, April 21.

RUNNERS from across the area are busy preparing for the 33rd London Marathon on Sunday, April 21.

Many will be going through the pain barrier to raise money for charities.

Shiplake College students Jo Unsworth and Daisy Gresswell will be running for Sports Aid, which helps young people, including those with a disability, to achieve their sporting ambitions.

The charity helped 18-year-old Jo reach last year’s junior world rowing championships.

Daisy, 18, said: “It is going to be a challenge to not only complete the marathon but to do it in our targeted finishing times.”

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/daisygresswell-jounsworth

Robin Moxon, of Park Road, Henley, will be raising money for Youth Net, which helps young people, and Age UK.

The 31-year-old planning surveyor said: “They are national charities and I have no particular link with them but the idea of tackling the loneliness and isolation of the elderly appealed to me.

“My target is £2,000 but I am hoping to exceed that. I drafted in friends and family for a quiz night at the Beer Tree in Henley.”

He hopes to beat the time of four hours and 45 minutes it took him to complete the Chicago marathon in 2008.

Mr Moxon said: “I have always wanted to do the London Marathon and last year I went along to support some friends, which is when I decided to apply. I was really pleased when I got the place.”

Jo and David Wilkes are running for Whizz-kidz, a charity that provides disabled children with wheelchairs and other mobility equipment.

The couple previously completed the marathon in 2011, raising more than £7,000 for the charity.

A charity dinner dance and an auction will be held at Sonning village hall on March 23.

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/david- jo-wilkes

Daryl Scott, from Gallowstree Common will be running to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. The 40-year-old professional golfer, who runs an online golf shop hopes to raise £3,000.

He said: “I have never done anything like this before — I am a golfer not a runner — but a group of friends and I entered the ballot and I was the only one who got drawn.

“I have not been great at training and am probably a couple of months behind where I would like to be but I will get round. My aim is to complete it in less than four hours and I hope to raise as much money as possible.

“I chose this charity because I have a one-year-old son, Thomas, who is healthy and well, so Children with Cancer UK means a little bit more to me.”

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