London Marathon runners limber up for Sunday’s race

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PEOPLE across the area will be taking on the physical challenge of running the London Marathon to raise funds for a number of good causes.

Fundraisers from Stamford, Rutland and Bourne have been training hard and collecting sponsorship money for the 26-mile event which takes place on Sunday morning.

George Hales, Burley Road, Langham, is one of this year’s youngest participants at 18. He will be running with his mum, Jane, to raise funds for brain injury charity Headway, for the support it gave his brother Simon, who spent five weeks in a coma following a 20ft fall in October 2009. To sponsor George visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/making-headway.

Nicola Ray, of Oakham, will be running in her first ever full marathon to raise money for the Meningitis Trust, for the support it gave her and her husband Tom, during his battle with pneumococchal septicemia, which resulted in the amputation of both his arms and legs 13 years ago. To sponsor Nicola, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NicolaRay

Experienced fundraiser Mike Shattock, 41, of Truesdale Gardens, Langtoft, will be running his second London Marathon in aid of Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney, London.

Zoe Stephens, formerly of Oakham, is set to run in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. To sponsor Zoe visit www.justgiving.com/Zoe-Stephens.

Former Stamford High School pupil Claire Morris, 30, who now lives in London, will be taking on the challenge for Age UK. To sponsor Claire uk.virginmoneygiving.com/clairemorrisrunning

Dental receptionist Vicky Old, from Vine Street, Stamford, will be embarking on her second marathon in aid of Beating Bowel Cancer. To sponsor Vicky, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/VictoriaOld

Penny Hedley Lewis, of Birkholme Manor, near Corby Glen, is set to take on her seventh London Marathon in aid of the British Red Cross. To sponsor Penny, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PennyHedleyLewis-1

Dean Cornish, 33, of St Leonard’s Street, Stamford, is in the middle of running an incredible seven marathons in seven days across seven countries, finishing with the London Marathon on Sunday, to raise money for The Prince’s Trust. To sponsor Dean, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/igloobookschallenge

Stamford doctor Dr David Babbs, of St Mary’s Medical Centre, in Wharf Road, is taking on his first ever full marathon at the age of 55 for The Prostate Cancer Charity and Breast Cancer Care (Team PB). To sponsor David, visit www.justgiving.com/davidbabbs

Businessman Steve Crane, 47, from Deenethorpe, near Corby, will be ditching his suit to run in his first ever full marathon for Stamford-based children’s charity Anna’s Hope. To sponsor Steve, e-mail admin@annashope.co.uk, or visit www.justgiving.com/SteveCrane

Robert Dillarstone, 50, from Herne Road, Oundle, and his two sons Jake, 20, and Barny, 18, will be taking on the challenge as ‘Team Dillarstone’ to raise money for Barnardo’s. To sponsor the team, visit www.greenwoods.co.uk

Sunday’s marathon will be the first in a series of challenges for postwoman, Wendy Walker, 33, from High Street, Oakham, as she bids to raise funds for Help for Heroes, Macmillan Cancer Support, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and the local air ambulance (DLRAA). To sponsor Wendy, visit www.justgiving.com/user/2052005

Retired teacher Rosemary Dodson, 65, from Ketton Road, North Luffenham, is set to run her fourth London Marathon in aid of Tusk Trust, a charity which promotes the protection of rhinos and helps fund community programmes in Africa. To sponsor Rosemary visit www.justgiving.com/RosemaryDodson2012

Kate Brookes, 45, from Church Lane, in Manton, will be running for children’s hospice charity Rainbows following the death of her father from a heart attack last year. To sponsor Kate visit www.justgiving.com/Kate-Brookes0

Tom Hames, 24, of Austerby, Bourne, will be running with his friend Jon Howard, 28, of Cowslip Crescent, Bourne, in aid of Children with Cancer. To sponsor the pair, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/thomashames.

Coverage of this year’s Virgin London Marathon starts at 8.30am on Sunday morning on BBC One.