Runners across the north of the county are limbering up as they get ready for this year’s London Marathon.
A host of deserving charities are set to benefit as runners pound the capital’s pavements on Sunday, April 21.
Among their number is Nicola Walpole, a dietitian from Orlingbury who specialises in gastroenterology and renal disease and who works at Corby and Leicester Haemodialysis Units.
She is running for Coeliac UK, a charity which helps people who suffer from coeliac disease, forcing them to abide by a life-long gluten-free diet.
“I am running the London Marathon because I am passionate about helping to improve the lives of people with coeliac disease,” Nicola said.
“This is my first marathon. I have now gradually built up to 18 miles now, so run seven miles on a Thursday evening with Wellingborough Athletic Club and then a long run on a Sunday. I am hoping the cheers from the crowd at the end will keep me going.”
But Nicola, who also raises funds for the Northamptonshire Kidney Patients’ Association, has signed up for another marathon just eight days before. She added: “Running two marathons in a short space of time is going to be really physically demanding so I am really nervous that I have taken on too much.
“However I am always up for a challenge so hopefully sheer determination will get me to the end.”
So far she has raised £1,180 of her £2,500 target.
To donate to Coeliac UK, visit www.justgiving.com/NicolaWalpole.
If you are taking part in this year’s London Marathon, get in touch with our newsdesk by calling 01536 506100 or email us.