Runners set for marathon effort

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SEVERAL runners from the Daventry district will put their best foot forward on Sunday when they take part in the London Marathon.

The gruelling 26.2-mile race will be the focus for nine runners, all aiming to raise money for good causes close to their hearts.

It is the first marathon for Neil Keeling, 27, a property consultant for Rose and Sargent in Daventry. He aims to raise £1,500 for Elimination of Leukaemia Fund.

He said: “I am confident, excited and nervous and every possible emotion. It is something I have always wanted to do and it’s for a very good cause.”

To sponsor him, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/neilkeeling.

Emotions will be running high for three runners who will be doing the race. Twenty-four-year-old Helen Blowman from Long Buckby will be raising money for the Association for International Cancer Research. She will be doing it in memory of her mother-in-law Judith Jordan and can be sponsored by visiting www.justgiving.com/helensmarathon2012.

Paul Tanton, 21, from Flore will raise funds for Meningitis UK in memory of his younger brother Mark who died from a rare strain of meningitis aged 14 in 2010. To support him, visit www.justgiving.com/paultanton.

Sarah Fitch, 37, who works at William Parker School and lives in Daventry, will be raising money for Bliss which helped her when her own daughter Erika, now two, was born prematurely. People can donate by visiting www.bliss.org.uk.

There will be four runners for the Deafblind charity Sense. Glenn Frank, Mark Heycock, Melaine Cotton and Darren Weston. They can be sponsored by visiting www.justgiving.com/Mark-Mels-London-marathon-page, www.justgiving.com/batman4sense. To sponsor Mr Weston, visit the Bishop Court Cobblers in Daventry

Also a first-time runner in the event is Martin Crowder from Daventry who is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. He can be sponsored by visiting uk.virgin moneygiving.com/MartinCrowder.