Sunday, 14 August 2022

Runners get ready for the London Marathon

A WOMAN from Henley is running in the London Marathon on Sunday in memory of a family friend

A WOMAN from Henley is running in the London Marathon on Sunday in memory of a family friend.

Kate Thomas, 23, a marketing assistant for Brakspear, will be raising money for Sue Ryder.

She has set herself a target of £1,750 and the pub company will match every pound raised.

Ms Thomas, who has been training since October and hopes to complete the 26.2-mile course in under five hours, said: “Last May, a close family friend sadly passed away at the Sue Ryder Nettlebed hospice.

“This was just a week after I’d watched my housemate Beanie Garnett complete the London Marathon dressed as a killer whale for the Born Free Foundation.

“I was totally inspired by the event and moved by the incredible support Sue Ryder had provided for my friend and his family.

“The two came together and a year later, I’m looking forward to running the marathon and raising a good sum of money for this wonderful charity.”

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said: “We’re very proud of Kate’s marathon attempt.

“She has trained hard and I’m sure that knowing she’s supporting a great charity will help to get her through ‘the wall’ and over the finish line.”

And also running..

Lizzy Phillips, 28, a financial analyst from Caversham, is running for Brooke, an international working horse and donkey welfare charity.

The charity works in some of the world’s poorest communities across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, training animal owners in better animal care and bringing about sustainable improvements in welfare.

Ms Phillips, who owns a horse, said: “For many people in these poorer countries their animal is their only means of income or means of transport.

“My mum has supported the Brooke for a long time and I felt the opportunity to raise both funds and awareness of the work the Brooke does was more than a worthwhile reason to run 26 miles.

“This will be my first ever marathon having only ever completed the Henley half marathon in 2014. Despite knowing it would be hard to train for it has been harder than I expected, especially heading out on cold and rainy weekend mornings to fit in a long training run.”

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