RUNNERS from the Henley area are preparing to take on the London Marathon next weekend.
They will be among tens of thousands of people ranging from elite athletes to fun runners who will take part in the race on Sunday, April 23, helping to raise millions of pounds for charity.
DJ Gary Boys, 42, from Henley, is raising money for the NSPCC in memory of his partner Claire Peacock, a social worker.
Ms Peacock, 37, a mother-of-two, of Grange Road, Henley, died after suffering a brain aneurysm in a shopping centre car park in Aylesbury in March 2014.
At the time she was running a child protection team for Buckinghamshire County Council.
Mr Boys said: “I’m looking forward to the mararthon. I’m originally from London so running around there will be special for me.
“I’m hoping to come in around the six-hour mark. The preparation is going well - I’ve been running half marathons every other week.”
Mr Boys organised a music quiz to boost his fund-raising with help from Annette March, who runs florist White Gdn in Hart Street, and will also be taking part in the marathon.
Eighteen teams took part in the quiz, which was held at the Angel on the B ridge pub in Henley and compered by LBC radio presenter Ian Payne.
The event raised more than £2,500 to be split between the two charities.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Gary-Boys3
Miss March, 27, who is raising money for WhizzKidz, a disabled children’s charity, said she had been training hard.
“I have done a 22-mile run and the only thing that kept me going was knowing I could have a shower at the end,” she said,
“I’m getting there and it’s about making sure I don’t get injured. Some people are doing it with fridges on their backs so I’m sure I can do it.
“I’m a girly girl and I never saw myself doing it but it’s for a great cause and I’m sure there will be people in a similar situation running.”
To donate, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AnnetteMarch