Runners set to go the distance

THOUSANDS of runners will be put through their paces this weekend – all in the name of charity.

Hundreds of fundraisers from Northamptonshire will join others from across the country for the 2012 London Marathon on Sunday.

Participants have been training hard over the past weeks and months and drumming up sponsorship in aid of their chosen charities.

Mark Buckby, of Irthlingborough, is running his third London Marathon and raising money for Headway East Northants, a charity supporting people with brain injuries and their families.

He said: “It’s just a case of resting this week and eating a load of pasta.

“I’m hoping to get a personal best time.

“I’m only about £100 short of my target of £1,500 and I think I will get past that.”

Five-time London Marathon runner John Freeman, of Wellingborough, is raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

To help drum up more cash he has held a number of fundraising events, including a gig at The Labour Club in Northampton, live music at Bewiched Coffee House in Wellingborough and a Caribbean evening at Mill Road Baptist Church.

Other county marathon runners include Sarah Hobbs, for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, and Mark Riddell for Kettering General Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit.

For a full round-up of how our runners got on see Monday’s Evening Telegraph.