Runners’ efforts and sponsorship benefit charities

Stamford Striders members Helen Morris, Andy Wade, Martin Candish, Simon Marvel and Ed Fancourt who will run the Manchester Marathon
Stamford Striders members Helen Morris, Andy Wade, Martin Candish, Simon Marvel and Ed Fancourt who will run the Manchester Marathon

Charities are set to benefit from the efforts of several runners who are taking on marathons during the next few weeks.

Five members of the Stamford Striders will compete in the Manchester Marathon on April 6.

Among them is Simon Marvel who is raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research after battling the disease twice in the past.

He said: “I have twice been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Without the work done by this charity I possibly wouldn’t be here to run. It’s time to give back.”

To sponsor Simon visit

Fellow club members Martin Candish, Andy Wade, Ed Fancourt and Helen Morris will also take on the 26.2 mile course with Ed raising money for the Principal’s Academy, a South African project which gives proper schooling to disadvantaged children.

Maths teacher Kieran Nally will run the Brighton Marathon and the London Marathon a week apart to raise money for two good causes.

The 50-year-old, who teaches at Stamford School, said: “I know it sounds a bit crazy but I wanted to set myself a challenge, and one that was worthwhile.”

Kieran, 50, has also been training with the Stamford Striders. He said: “They have been very supportive and given much-needed advice and inspiration.”

He will run the London Marathon for The Bobath Centre for children with cerebral palsy and the Brighton Marathon for Younger People With Dementia.

He added: “I have seen loved ones in my family with these conditions and felt powerless to help. These runs are a very small way I can help to make a difference.”

To sponsor Kieran for the London run visit and for the Brighton Marathon visit

A retired schoolteacher will be taking part in her sixth consecutive London Marathon for St John Ambulance.

Rosemary Dodson, of North Luffenham, said: “It’s a fantastic charity and I really believe in the importance of first aid skills and how they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

“Nobody ever knows when they might need first aid; it is something that everyone benefits from in all walks of life.”

Rosemary, 67, hopes to raise £1,625. To sponsor her visit

More than a dozen members of Stamford Striders will also compete in the London event.

Richard Rae is running his fourth London Marathon for two charities close to his heart – Cancer Research UK and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

He lost one brother to cystic fibrosis and has a sister with the condition. He has another sister with cancer and another brother with lymphoma.

To sponsor him visit

Stamford High School teacher Heidi Myles is raising money for Spinal Research after being inspired by pupil Claire Lomas who completed the 2012 London Marathon in a robotic suit after being paralysed from the chest down in a horse riding accident. Her fundraising page is at

Adrian Fisher is raising money for the Ear Foundation which helped his son Jack who was born deaf. Sponsor him at

Richard Skidmore will run in memory of his grandfather for the Alzheimers Society and can be sponsored at

Robin Ball is running for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and can be sponsored at

Katie Genever is raising money for the Circulation Foundation which funds research and action to prevent vascular disease. Donations can be made at

Other Stamford Striders taking part in the event include Victoria Old, Viv Middlebrook, Brian Kearsey, Stephen Parker, Gareth Williams, Alan Hayes, Alistair Cross and Jim Morris.