Best feet forward in London Marathon challenge

James Clipston will be running the marathon to boost Sue Ryder funds
James Clipston will be running the marathon to boost Sue Ryder funds
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Fundraisers are busy gearing up to take on the challenge of running the London Marathon for a number of worthwhile causes.

The 26-mile race takes place on April 21 and runners are busy in training for the big day.

Firefighter and carpenter James Clipston is hanging up his helmet and tools, and lacing up his running trainers to tackle his first ever marathon.

James, 36, of Tobias Grove, Stamford, is running in memory of his friend’s mum Jane Brader, who lived in Stamford and died of lung failure, aged 65, in May last year. She lived in Sue Ryder hospice Thorpe Hall and James has challenged himself to raise money for the charity.

So far he has raised a staggering £6,000, smashing his target of £2,750, which was helped by a charity ball and auction at Greetham Valley Golf and Conference Centre.

James said: “I’m really looking forward to the race. I’ll probably be really nervous before the start but with the crowds cheering you on, I’m sure I’ll get through. Training is going well and I recently did the Stamford St Valentine’s 30k race so I’m feeling good.

“The support I’ve had so far has been great so a big thank you goes to everyone who came along to the ball.”

James has also been sponsored by organisations Zeko Europe, Next Steps Community Care and Even Forestry. To sponsor him, visit

Keen sportswoman Clare Spencer, from Whissendine, is determined to finish her second London Marathon in aid of LAM Action, a charity that supports women with lymphangioleiomyomatosis - one of the world’s rarest lung diseases. Clare, 31, has supported the charity ever since her mother Gill was diagnosed with the condition.

Clare said: “It’s hard being close to someone who suffers from this incurable condition and feeling there is nothing you can do to help. Running the London Marathon is one way to fight back.”

To sponsor Clare visit