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Runners from Baston and Wittering prepare for London Marathon

London Marathon runners are making last minute preparations for Sunday, when they will set off on one of the world's most famous athletics events.

Fundraisers Steph Barrett, 36, from Baston and Rob Swan, 36, from Wittering will be among this year's entrants who will be cheered on by thousands of supporters lining the streets - and following them on television and the internet.

Steph is raising money for the Miscarriage Association, which she described as 'quite a small charity which makes a big difference to people's lives'.

"Our team has only about 30 runners and every member is doing the marathon for personal reasons. We'll be meeting up on Saturday night before the run, to encourage each other."

Steph owns the Be Bright Pre-school in Spalding and among her fundraising ideas has been to run a sweepstake on her finishing time.

In preparation for the marathon she completed the 'Oundle 20' run last month in just over four hours.

Steph has raised more than £1,900 and her fundraising page is here.

Rob Swann, 36, from Wittering, will be running the London Marathon for the Peterborough Area Down's Syndrome Group.

The training coordinator said: "I'm a bit nervous but it's a fantastic opportunity to raise money for a brilliant cause."

Rob has completed some of his training with Stamford Striders, and ran the club's Valentine's 30k in February.

He has so far raised more than £740 towards his £1000 target. To sponsor Rob, click here.

People watching the marathon can also look out for Morag Roberts, 75, from Stamford, who has raise more than £2,300 for the British Red Cross.

Aiden Cooper will be running in memory of his late grandfather and ex-Stamford AFC footballer, Ronald Cooper, and has raised more than £2,200 for the Dementia Revolution.

Meanwhile, Kathleen Hallows from Baston has raised more than £3,300 for Children with Cancer UK, and lost an incredible amount of weight during her training for the event.

The London Marathon was first run in 1981 when fewer than 300 of the 6,300 finishers were women. Last year more than 40,000 runners crossed the finish line in The Mall, alongside St James' Park.This year is the 39th race.

To follow a runner, click this link .

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