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Colleagues join runners for start of marathon challenge

For the first 10K of the runners' challenge they were accompanied by dozens of colleagues from their office in Weetwood who stayed with them all the way to the Royal Armouries in South Leeds. Neil Jones and Chris Lawrence will carry on to London over the next seven days averaging a marathon a day.

Dozens of colleagues joined runners starting marathon challenge
Dozens of colleagues joined runners starting marathon challenge Credit: ITV News Calendar

Runners' challenge inspired by cancer experiences

Two runners who have just set off from Leeds to London, doing the equivalent of a marathon a day, say they were inspired to take on the challenge by their own connections with cancer.

Neil Jones' step-mother died from the disease and his mother is now fighting it. Chris Lawrence's best friend also lost his battle with cancer. They are both now determined to raise as much money as possible to help fund the work to find a cure for the disease.

Runners set out for seven marathons in seven days

Two runners have set out from their office in Leeds at the start of a challenge to run the equivalent of seven marathons in seven days. Neil Jones and Chris Lawrence were joined by colleagues for the first leg of their journey from their office in Weetwood on their way to the Royal Armouries.

Neil Jones and Christopher Lawrence ready for their marathon challenge
Neil Jones and Christopher Lawrence ready for their marathon challenge Credit: ITV News Calendar

The pair, who both work for Bupa, are hoping to raise £50,000 for Cancer Research UK between now and 9 August when they are due to arrive at their company's head office in London. To find out more about their challenge log on to their page on the Just Giving website.

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