Today, Sunday, keen runners from the Advertiser and Review region will be lacing up their trainers to take part in the London Marathon.
> Andrea Stott will run the London Marathon for the first time in a tribute to her parents Janet and David Turner.
Sunday marks the 10-year anniversary of Janet completing the historic race with Andrea’s brother Craig.
After her death two years ago, brother and sister pledged to run the race in her memory and raise cash for the charity which their mother donated time and money to Helen and Douglas House.
The duo hope to raise in the region of £4,000.
Andrea, 38, will also run the race for her father David who had also set himself the goal of racing in memory of Janet. But a recent leukaemia diagnosis means he will never fulfil this ambition.
Andrea, who lives in Whitfield, said: “It is going to be an emotional day.
“I am incredibly nervous as I do not want to let anybody down.”
To sponsor Andrea and Craig log on to www.justgiving.com/Andrea-Stott1
> Fundraiser Des Burns has already smashed his target for sponsorship for his London Marathon debut.
The 40-year-old from Bicester has exceeded his original total of £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and is hoping to raise around £4,000 when all the cash is counted.
He said: “I am a little nervous.
“I think it is going to be the atmosphere which is overwhelming.
“It is going to be an emotional day.”
To sponsor Des log on to www.justgiving.com/Derek-Burns1
> Watching his son’s battle with epilepsy motivated Adrian Saint to sign up for this year’s London Marathon.
Adrian, from Bicester, hopes to raise £4,000 for Epilepsy Action, a national epilepsy charity which supported Adrian and his family when son Isaac was diagnosed with the condition aged two.
Adrian, 44, said: “As Isaac’s parents, we have experienced how epilepsy can have an effect on the whole family.
“Epilepsy Action provided invaluable support to us at a time when we really needed it.
“I started running about 18 months ago to try to get fit.
“I have never run a marathon before, but I’m sure that running with Isaac in mind will keep me going.”
To sponsor Adrian visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AdrianSaint.
> Fitness instructor Ros White from Bicester is running the London Marathon to raise funds for Help The Hospices in memory of a close family friend, Ann Blake, who died from cancer in November 2012.
Ros, 57, is a member of the Alchester Running Club and teaches community pilates and yoga classes in Bicester.
She is also running 10 half marathons this year to raise funds for her chosen charity. See www.justgiving.com/Ros-White3
> Leah Mahi, from Buckingham, is running the marathon for Rays Of Sunshine Children’s Charity, which is the charity of the year for her employer, Dominos Pizza.
She is aiming to raise £2,000 to help grant wishes for terminally ill children in the UK.
Leah, who is a marketing manager in London, said: “I put on my bucket list to run the London Marathon before I am 30, which is this year, so I can’t put it off any longer!”
> Buckingham resident Sarah Whittaker, who teaches at Haydon Abbey School in Aylesbury, is running the marathon in aid of Children With Cancer UK.
Sarah, 28, who used to play football for Brackley Sports Football Club, said she signed up “in a moment of madness and a small amount of peer pressure from some footballing ladies”.
See the website uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SarahWhittaker6
> Twenty-one-year-old twins Charlotte and Oli Geen, from Buckingham, are running the marathon for the charity Asthma UK, in memory of a classmate who died in Year Seven while they were attending the Royal Latin School.
This year’s marathon will be the second for both of them, but the first they will be running together.
To support the twins, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Geen-Twins
> Also running the London Marathon are Peter Roycroft, from Amersham, who is running for Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of his mum Jean, who lived in Bicester; Jane Simons, from Winslow, who is running for MS Therapy Centres; Jessica Rawlings, from Winslow, who is running for the Anaphylaxis Campaign and Rebecca Evans, of Embleton Way, Buckingham, who is running for Family Action.