Runners from across Shropshire will be taking part in this Sunday’s London Marathon.
More than 40,000 people, including some of the world’s leading athletes and a range of celebrities, will run in the annual event raising millions of pounds for charity.
One of those running is Alix Walker, 33, who lives in Shawbury with husband Dave, an air traffic controller on his second posting at the local RAF base. Alix only took up running six months ago is taking on the London Marathon to raise money for the local branch of the Armed Forces charity SSAFA.
“I have known about SSAFA for many years. It is a comfort for me to know that not only are they there to provide support to me and my husband, who is currently serving, but also my dad, and my husband’s dad, who were both in the RAF,” she said.
“It’s really important for me to know that my fundraising will benefit my local community.”
Alix is aiming to raise £700 for SSAFA Shropshire you can donate online at
Hospital staff make final preparations for London Marathon
Four members of staff at the Trust which runs Shropshire’s acute hospitals are making their final preparations for next month’s London Marathon.
Nicola Bishton, Charlotte Worrall, Anne Ridgeway and Lena Riemke-Maw from The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) will all be taking part in the iconic 26-mile race. She has set up an online donation page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nicola-ijewsky1
Charlotte, a Breast Imaging Data-Coordinator at RSH, will be raising money for the British Lung Foundation in memory of her nan, Gwen Parker. Charlotte has been running for about five years and has taken part in the Shrewsbury and Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathons as well as the Shawbury 10km. She has set up an online donation page for anyone wanting to sponsor her, which can be found at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CharlotteWorrall1
Ann, a Pharmacy worker at PRH, is running to raise money for the Severn Hospice.
Ann said: “In 2019 the Hospice turns 30 and I will be 50. To mark this milestone I want to do something that challenges me and helps to raise money for a local charity that is very close to my heart.” Ann started running five years ago and has set up a Virgin Money Giving Page for donations at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AnnRidgway1
Lena, an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) at the Trust will take part in memory of her sister Leigh-Ann Maw. Lena will be raising money for CLIC Sargent, which supports young people with cancer.
Lena said: “This cause is close to my heart having lost my sister to cancer when she was just 10-years-old after a two-year fight.
Lena has so far raised more than £2,000 for the charity. She has set up an online donations page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lena-maw
Shropshire businessmen to raise money for Lingen Davies Cancer Fund
Two Shropshire businessmen are taking part in the London Marathon in aid of county-based Lingen Davies Cancer Fund.
Nick Jones and Steven Oliver who is a member of Shropshire Shufflers are hoping to raise £3000 for the charity.
Nick, commented: “The Lingen Davies Cancer Fund is an amazing local charity supporting many people with equipment and backing, both for sufferers during and after treatment and helping reduce the effects on family and friends when most needed.
“As work colleagues there is obviously a lot of competitive banter going around the office which all adds to the build up and excitement, Steve is a far better runner than me and is aiming for a time of four hours so I will be delighted to stagger home with a time of four hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds if possible!”
To help them reach their target visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/NJWP
Emma Kay to run for Leukaemia Care
Church Stretton woman Emma Kay is hoping to raise £2,350 for Leukaemia Care, a national blood cancer charity in memory of her father-in-law.
Emma said, “My father-in-law died of leukaemia last year after a very hard fight against it for two years, so I am running the 2019 London Marathon for Leukaemia Care so I can help support other people facing blood cancer!”
Emma’s training has unfortunately been plagued by setbacks, but she’s determined to make it to the big day. “Training isn’t going quite as well as I had hoped, with flu in early February and sciatica too, but still running!”
If you’d like to help her reach her target, you can donate to her online fundraising page https://2019-london-marathon.everydayhero.com/uk/emma-s-london-marathon-for-leukaemia-care.
Dad’s marathon challenge for son Tommy and Hope House Children’s Hospice
A Shrewsbury dad will be thinking of his son and the children’s hospice that helps to care for him as he steps over the start line at the London Marathon.
Andrew Davies’s son Tommy was born with the life threatening condition Muscular Dystrophy and stays regularly at Shropshire’s Hope House Children’s Hospice for respite care.
Hope House also provides help and support for Tommy’s brother and sisters and the whole family so it was, says Andrew, 54, a ‘no-brainer’ when it came to choosing a charity to support with his run.
This will be Andrew’s fifth London Marathon. He has also taken part in marathons in Berlin, Athens, Toronto, Telford, Hereford and Wolverhampton.
If you would like to help Andrew to reach his £500 target for Hope House visit http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Andrew-Davies104.