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Virgin London Marathon 2012

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12:00am 20th April 2012
(Updated 12:44pm 20th April 2012)

The Virgin London Marathon takes place this Sunday (22nd April 2012.)

Over 30,000 runners will start from Greenwich Park and Blackheath, from one of three different start points, completing the 26.2 mile race at The Mall.

One of those taking part is a cancer survivor from Newton-on-Ouse.

Tom Mason will celebrate his 22nd birthday on Sunday.

He's raise cash for the Teenage Cancer Trust, after finding a lump himself last year and going through chemo.

Also taking part is 11 people raising cash for Martin House Hospice in Boston Spa.

They are:

Mark Aked
Ross Pellatt
Fencil Modeste
Sarah Watmough
Daniel Longman
James Holdsworth
Paul Webdale
Catherine Mills
James Carter
Danielle Blott
Chris Brennan

If anyone wants to donate to support to the Martin House runners, you can text 'MHLM12 £2' to 70070.

You can also change the amount you would like to donate by adding £3/4/5/10 at the end of the message.

PICTURED: Some of this weekend's runner from Yorkshire

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Local woman to take part in the London Marathon in memory of friend

On Sunday 22nd April, York resident Veronica Hare will be following in her father’s footsteps by running the London Marathon in memory of her friend Richard, who was tragically killed in a road crash, and to raise vital funds for Brake, the national road safety charity.

Veronica is not the only member of her family to have been inspired to don their running shoes. Her father Mike Hare survived a road crash over seven years ago.  After recovering from the crash, Mike resolved to lose weight.  Over a period of several years he completed marathons and long-distance runs across the UK and Europe, and successfully lost over 15 stone.  He gained the nickname The Incredible Shrinking Man as a result of his successful weight loss and fitness regime and wrote a book about his experience to inspire others.

Since Mike hung up his running shoes his family have taken up the baton. Veronica hopes that the money raised for Brake by completing the London marathon this weekend will help to support Brake’s ongoing work, which includes supporting families affected by road crashes and raising awareness about the importance of road safety to young people.  Brake coordinates the national 2young2die campaign which trains volunteers to deliver inclusive workshops with young people that stimulate campaigning activity.  You can sponsor Veronica and support Brake’s work by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/VeronicaHare

Huge crowds are expected to support Veronica and other runners as they tackle the 26.2 mile race which starts at Greenwich Park on the south side of the Thames.  From there the course follows a route past some of the capital’s most iconic sites, including the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye and, finally, past Buckingham Palace as the finishing line on The Mall beckons.

Veronica says:

“I wanted to run for Brake in memory of my school friend Richard, who was killed in a road crash at the age of seventeen.  Unfortunately since then several other students from the same school have also died in crashes, and I feel that more can be done to educate young people on road safety and the risks involved with driving to help prevent such tragedies”.  On her dad’s experience that led to his new-found running career, Veronica adds, “My dad was very lucky to survive his crash, and as a result was able to make important changes to his life.  Not everyone has that opportunity.”

Rich Andrew, Brake’s Senior Development Officer said:

“Brake can’t thank Veronica enough for taking on this momentous challenge and donating the proceeds to support our work. The money raised will help us to spread life-saving road safety messages, to offer support to those bereaved or injured by a road crash and to campaign to stop road deaths and injuries.  I would encourage anyone inspired by Veronica’s extraordinary efforts to contact Brake to find out about similar events in their area or to discuss any other exciting fundraising ideas."

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