Runners are stepping up their training as they prepare for this year’s London Marathon.
A care assistant and police officer from Rutland are among thousands of competitors who will tackle the 26-mile course on April 13 for charity.
Katie Bangs, 23, of Lonsdale Way, Oakham, is running for the Meningitis Now, formerly Meningitis Trust, after her dad, Andrew, fought the illness seven years ago. She was also inspired to run by a story she heard from fellow runner Alan Glynn, from Scotland, who lost his three-year-old daughter, Alexis Rose, to the condition.
She is determined to beat her time of 4hr 25mins last year and is ready to step up her training in order to do so.
Katie, who works at care home Crown House in Oakham, said: “My training is going well.
“I’m retaking some of my GCSEs to go to university next year so I’m trying to fit lots in, as well as work.
“I’m aiming for a time of four hours. I’ll just know to go a bit faster than I did last year.”
Katie also wants to beat her fundraising total from last year, which was more than £2,000. To sponsor her visit www.justgiving.com/Katie-Bangs1
Police officer Chris Wharton, of Cold Overton, will be running for the Matt Hampson Foundation.
The 43-year-old ran his first marathon on his 21st birthday but has dusted off his trainers after being inspired by Matt’s own fundraising efforts.
Sergeant Wharton, who works at Melton police station, said: “I feel more than ready to do this marathon.
“Running for my neighbour Matt and his brilliant foundation, which supports people with similar spinal injuries to which he sustained, makes every step of my training worthwhile.”
Sgt Wharton hopes to complete the marathon in under four hours, beating his 1991 finishing time.
He said: “I have seen the journey Matt has been on, from the horrific accident he suffered while training with the England under 21s rugby team to now sharing his experience with others who have been seriously injured through sport. He is inspiring and it was a no-brainer to do this run for his foundation.”
To sponsor Chris visit www.justgiving.com/Chris-Wharton3