A BUSINESSMAN is set to ditch his suit and lace up his running trainers as he prepares to run the London Marathon to raise funds for a children’s charity.
Steve Crane will be running the 26-mile race to raise funds for Anna’s Hope.
The Stamford-based charity offers support to children and young people who have been diagnosed with brain tumours.
It was set up by Rob and Carole Hughes, of Pilsgate, near Stamford, in memory of their daughter, Anna, who sadly died from a brain tumour in 2006, aged just three.
Steve, who will be running in his first full marathon, said he was inspired to run for the charity when he heard Anna’s story.
Steve, 47, said: “I was really inspired by hearing the story of Anna and talking to Carole about what they have been doing. I really wanted to support the charity directly and it was a no-brainer for me to run the event for them.
“It will be the first time I have done the marathon and it’s always been a dream of mine to take on the challenge.
“I’m a keen runner but running a marathon of this distance is a new territory for me but it will be a big honour.”
Steve, who lives in Deenethorpe, near Corby, is the managing director of a company which takes UK businesses out to Japan.
He often travels to Japan and said the majority of his training programme has taken place out there.
Steve said: “I’ve been taking my running kit out to Japan, which is where I’ve done most of my training.
“The last significant run I took part in was in Japan, in Tokyo, to celebrate the 1,000 day countdown to the London Olympics.”
Anna’s Hope has been given a Golden Bond, which allows the charity to enter runners into this year’s Virgin London Marathon.
Rob and Carole said they were delighted with Steve’s support and are calling on people to sponsor him.
Carole said: “We’re delighted that Steve has agreed to put on the Anna’s Hope T-shirt and run in this year’s marathon to raise funds for our charity.
“When he contacted us we knew he was ideal. He came across as a man who cared about the charity and who really would try his best for us. And he also likes running which helps.
“We wish to thank him for his support and wish him good luck in his training and in the marathon itself.
“It should be really special this year because we’re in an Olympic year and we’re very lucky to have got a Golden Bond from a great friend of the charity which guarantees our entry into the most prestigious marathon of the year.”
This year’s marathon takes place on Sunday, April 12.
To sponsor Steve, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit, www.justgiving.com/SteveCrane
Visit www.annashope.co.uk to learn more about the charity.