A MAN from Henley is to take part in the London Marathon on Sunday in memory of his father, writes Phil Simms.
Jason Cuthbert, 38, of Harpsden Road, will be running with his mother Jane in the 34th annual race.
His father, Paul, died suddenly from a heart attack while running in September 2012. He was 53.
Mother and son will be raising money for the British Heart Foundation.
Mr Cuthbert, a tax and law tutor, said: “I was due to run the Reading Half Marathon with my dad but, sadly, he died so I ran it with my mother and sister in his memory.
In a way I continued running to support my mother and to give her focus. She lives in Northampton and is still a member of the running club which she joined with my dad. He had actually said it would give her something to go back to should anything happen to him.”
Mr Cuthbert, who moved to Henley a couple of years ago for work, said he had found it hard to train due to flooding in January and February.
He said: “I’ve tried to get in as much practice as I can and I am managing one big run at weekends but my mum goes out running about four or five times a week.”
Dot Adamson, from Binfield Heath, will be running with her son Jack in memory of her husband who died while playing rugby for the Henley Wanderers in 2008.
Euan Adamson was a day short of his 55th birthday when he collapsed on the pitch.
Mrs Adamson, a former teacher at Gillotts School, and Jack, 30, are both keen runners and veterans of the Henley Half Marathon.
She said: “Six years ago my husband died while playing rugby. He had a cardiac arrest. Subsequently all my four children have been tested.”
The pair will be raising money for Cardiac Arrest in the Young and hope to make at least £5,000. Mrs Adamson said: “The charity was incredibly helpful and supportive and we thought that it would be a really good way of paying them back.”
Former Gillotts School and Henley College pupil Olly Wehring will be running to raise money for Born Too Soon, a charity that helps families with premature babies.
He and his wife Jo’s son Conor was born eight weeks premature, weighing 3lb 8oz.
Mr Wehring, who now lives in Kingston, said: “I have been following a full programme since January with my longest run being 23 miles. I have been doing three runs a week.”
Kelly and Ian Hargreaves, of Newtown Gardens, Henley, are running the marathon for the second year running.
Their nephew Harri Douglas, 14, from Binfield Heath, fell ill suddenly in December 2011 when they were looking after him.
He only survived after three days in intensive care after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The couple are raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Sisters Anna Moran and Allison Bennett, who are former pupils of Gillotts School in Henley and whose parents live in Nettlebed, are running in aid of the ChildLine Schools service run by the NSPCC.
Mrs Moran said:“My sister works for the NSPCC and she tells me about the hardship that these children go through.
Many primary school children suffer abuse and neglect. Yet they wait months, or even years, before getting any kind of help. That’s why the ChildLine Schools Service was developed. By supporting the NSPCC we’re going to help to protect a generation of children, one primary school at a time.”
Beatrice Friend, of Greys Road, Henley, will be running for the Autistica charity, which she has supported previously.
She will be cheered on by her husband Rob and seven-month-old daughter Matilda.