Marathon runners put best feet forward

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A NUMBER of amateur athletes will be putting on their running shoes to take part in the London Marathon.

Among the runners from the Daventry area currently in training for the marathon, on April 22, include Mark Heycock, Melanie Cotton and Darren Weston.

They are running for Sense, a charity which supports deafblind adults and children.

Mr Heycock, 49, who lives at Middlewich Close said: “We wanted to set our own challenge to support deafblind people to overcome the huge barriers they face on a daily basis.”

“We ran the Berlin marathon in September and this will be our second London marathon. We train together but it can get a little bit competitive on race days.

“Mel finished before me in London last year, but, in my defence, I was dressed as Robin in a Batman and Robin duo so it was pretty hard going.”

It was his experience that prompted 45-year-old Mr Weston, who lives in Plough Close, to take on the gruelling run.

He said: “Mark and Mel mentioned they were running for Sense and I’ve also had some experience of serving deafblind customers who have been in the shop over the years. I wanted to set myself a challenge to show my support of those living with sensory loss.”

Meanwhile Paul Tanton (pictured right) will be raising funds for Meningitis UK g in memory of his younger brother Mark.

Paul, 21, from Flore will be doing the race after Mark died from a rare strain of meningitis aged 14 back in 2010.

To support Mark and Melanie, visit www.justgiving.com/Mark-Mels-London-marathon-page. To sponsor Mr Weston, visit the Bishop Court Cobblers in Daventry. Visit www.justgiving.com/paultanton to sponsor his efforts.