Marathon runners ready for big day

Picture: Helen Blowman, in training for the London Marathon on April 22.
Picture: Helen Blowman, in training for the London Marathon on April 22.
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RUNNERS from across the district will be taking on the London Marathon next weekend to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

They will join runners from across the world for the 26.2-mile race, which takes place on Sunday, April 22.

One of those taking part is Helen Blowman, from Long Buckby, who will be running in memory of her mother-in-law, Judith Jordan.

Mrs Jordan was 56 when she passed away in May 2010 after an 18-year battle with breast cancer.

Helen, who’s 24, said: “Judith was the district nurse in Long Buckby and knew everybody in the village.

“When she was last diagnosed I was talking to her about challenges and said I would one day love to run the marathon because running is something I find really tough.

“One of the last things Judith said to me was ‘if you are going to run it then do it for me’, so I’m going to be raising money for the Association for International Cancer Research.

“I’ve been training really hard so I should hopefully be OK. It would have been Judith’s birthday on the day of the race too so it will be pretty emotional.”

Daventry man Glen Frank will be doing the marathon dressed as Batman to raise money for the charity Sense, which offers support to deafblind people and their families.

To sponsor Mr Frank go to, or call 07961 003034.

Another Daventry man Paul Dawson will be running two marathons to raise money for Whizz Kidz.

He will run the Brighton marathon on Sunday and be in London the following weekend. To sponsor him, visit

To support Helen Blowman visit or text hel288 to 70070 to donate £1.