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Emma Fennell and Demi Goldsmith who will be running this year's London Marathon in aid of Heart Research UK. EMN-150302-093816001

Emma Fennell and Demi Goldsmith who will be running this year's London Marathon in aid of Heart Research UK. EMN-150302-093816001

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Budding fundraisers from across the Mercury area are gearing up for this year’s London Marathon which takes place on April 26.

Runners from Stamford, Bourne and Rutland will take on the 26.2 mile course hoping to raise vital funds for their chosen charities.

n Police officer Helen Morris, 44, from Stamford, has wanted to run the London Marathon for many years but this year has finally got lucky and been given a place.

Helen will be running for a cause close to her heart The British Heart Foundation. She said: “It’s amazing what they do as a charity, it really does mean a lot to me as I’ve lost several family members to heart disease. Without the money raised through charities I wouldn’t have my father here today.”

Helen, who is a member of local running club Stamford Striders, has already started a gruelling training regime in preparation for the big race.

She hopes that the local community will get behind her and help to raise the minimum target of £2,000 for The British Heart Foundation.

If you would like to make a donation towards Helen’s fundraising appeal please visit www.justgiving.com/Helen-Morris15/

n Dale Falkner, 31, and Alex Grant, 26, both from Bourne, will be running the London Marathon on behalf of Meningitis Now, after Dale’s son Sebastian, who is 10 months old, was diagnosed with Meningitis twice, the first time when he was only eight days old.

Dale said: “Meningitis Now helped to support us as a family when Sebastian was ill. He was only eight days old when he had his first attack and had to spend 10 days in intensive care.”

The pair will be hoping to raise a minimum of £1,800 each to go towards Meningitis Now, helping to fund vital research and costs towards family care.

This race will be a ‘new’ challenge for the pair who are used to getting down and dirty in a number of big obstacle races, including the Rat Race which they have already signed up to do for this year, before realising they would be taking part in the London Marathon two weeks before.

To sponsor Dale or Alex visit www.justgiving.com/SEBFAL or www.justgiving.com/Alex-Grant1

n Therapist Liz Clare, 29, from Baston, will be running this year’s London Marathon for the Matt Hampson Foundation.

Liz is hoping to raise £7,000 for the foundation that provides advice, support, relief and treatment for anyone suffering serious injury or disability.

Liz said: “I know how lucky and grateful I am to have a fully working, fit and able body. However I am also aware that anything could happen in order to take that away from me. I am in the position to help so I am going to make the most of it and do anything I can.”

To make a donation to Liz visit www.justgiving.com/Liz-Clare7

n Horse riding instructors Emma Fennell, 26 and Demi Goldsmith, 19, both from Stamford, will be running this year’s London Marathon for Heart Research UK. The pair who both work at Uffington Riding School, have been running seriously for a year and have taken part in a number of races including the Peterborough Half Marathon, the Rat Race and Race for Life.

Demi has always wanted to run the London Marathon and was excited to finally secure a place with Heart Research UK this year. The two friends need to raise a minimum of £2,000 each.

Emma said: “We all know someone that has been affected in one way or another through heart disease so please help by giving as much as you can to help us along.”

To help them reach their target make a donation at www.justgiving.com/Demi-Goldsmith or www.justgiving.com/Emma-Fennell

n Nick Crowson, 42, from Barnack, and his friend Will Fry, 43, from Stamford, have signed up for The Evesham Ultra Marathon which takes place on the same day as the London Marathon.

The pair will run the 46 mile off-road race on April 26 in aid of Nick’s daughter, Phoebe, aged five, who suffers with the skin disorder, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), affecting her day to day life in a significant way. The condition is lifelong and there is currently no cure.

The charity they are supporting is Debra, which supports children and adults like Phoebe who suffer with EB, a genetic skin condition which causes the skin to blister and tear at the slightest touch.

Phoebe who has just joined Copthill Primary School, has to have a full time carer to help her with day-to-day activities. Nick said: “Phoebe suffers day-to-day in pain, it’s not easy for her to live with.

“I’m running this for my daughter, as she is the closest thing to my heart. It will be a personal challenge for both Will and I, but it is something we both want to do.”

To help Nick and Will raise funds for Debra visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage. action?userUrl= runforphoebe

If you’re running the marathon, tell us. E-mail rachel.pishhorn@jpress.co.uk or call 01780 758960.