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Marathon run in memory of late friend

Charlotte Drinkwater is running the London Marathon for Jigsaw (South East) in memory of her friend who died last year from cancer, leaving behind her husband and nine-year-old boy.

She is undertaking her first marathon to raise much-needed funds for local charity, Jigsaw (South East).

Charlotte, 38, from Caterham was motivated to sign up to the world’s largest annual fundraising event after witnessing her late friend Annette Boyle’s two-year battle with lung cancer.

During her illness, which was diagnosed in November 2011, she sought help and guidance from Jigsaw (South East) which offered support and counselling for her little boy, husband and extended family. They continue to help the family through their grief.

Hampshire man runs for his uncle and Alzheimer’s Research UK

Fergus Graham with his sons Arlo and Gabriel Credit: Alzheimer’s Research UK

The nephew of a Wiltshire couple living with the daily reality of dementia will run the London Marathon to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Fergus' Uncle Jamie Graham Credit: Alzheimer’s Research UK

Fergus Graham, a former junior GB rower, signed up for the 26.2-mile race across the capital in support of his uncle, Jamie, from Dauntsey, near Chippenham, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at just 59.

The 40-year-old, from Whitchurch, Hampshire, hopes to raise at least £5,000 for the UK’s leading dementia research charity.


Ten-year fundraising effort starts with London Marathon

A runner is hoping to raise £2,000 from this year's Virgin Money London Marathon as he embarks on a 10-year fundraising effort.

Simon Williamson, 36, from Southampton, has pledged to take on 100 marathons over the next decade.

He will be raising money for a different charity each year and has chosen disability charity Whizz-Kidz to benefit from his first year of fundraising.

Simon has been running one marathon a month since August to raise funds for the charity, which provides wheelchairs and mobility equipment for young people across the UK.

Running for hospital charity in Poole

A team of runners are set to raise in excess of £8,000 for Poole Hospital Charity today when they take part in the Virgin London Marathon.

The group taking part in this Sunday’s marathon includes six runners who have gained Poole Hospital Charity golden bond places, along with four others raising money for Poole Hospital Charity who have gained ballot places in the race.

Dan Beck, Georgie Codd, Anna Dominguez, Sam Fry, Kitt Harris, Dave Hatch, Gary Moore, Sarah Pitcher, Helen Prestage and Ian Rayney have all been training hard, and will be lining up along with 35,000 other participants in the prestigious race.

Marathon effort to help breast cancer charity

Kerry and Max in training for the London Marathon Credit: Kerry Mitchell

Kerry Mitchell's mum died of breast cancer at just 46, but sadly this wasn't to be the only time it has affected her family.

In 2012 three weeks after her 40th birthday, Kerry, from Sussex, was diagnosed with breast cancer and has undergone treatment. .

Kerry's daughter Max has supported her through the treatment and together they are running the London Marathon for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Man running London Marathon to help his partner

Lisa Tobin and Mark Winter Credit: LAM Action

Two years ago Lisa Tobin, 43, was diagnosed with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (known as LAM), a progressive disease that destroys lung tissue and erodes lung function. There is currently no cure and little effective treatment.

Now her partner Mark Winter, 57, from Maidstone, is taking part in today's London Marathon and hopes to raise £2,000 for the charity LAM Action, that supports women like Lisa and funds vital research into the disease.


Running the Marathon with a fibreglass horse!

The Royal British Legion has a team of four women from Chichester running in this years London Marathon in a War Horse costume, to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War. They are also hoping to set the record for the "Fastest Marathon in a four person costume" on the day.

Sarah Gomme spoke to Penny Patten and Karen Shrimpton who are getting ready for the race this weekend.

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