Marathon runners get set for today’s London race

Ben Blacklock
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Thousands of people will descend on our nation’s capital today to give their support to this year’s London Marathon runners.

Race participants include Neil and Jack Anthony, of Chevington; Billy Adamson, of Thurston; Jordan Hughes, of Fornham St Martin; Claire Bardsley, of Thwaite; Ben Blacklock, of Kentford, and David Carr and Marie Williams, of Bury St Edmunds.

Neil and Jack Anthony

Neil and Jack Anthony

Neil and Jack secured their places through the West Suffolk Athletics Club and will be taking part in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Neil lost his right eye to cancer in 2012 and saw his training for Sunday’s event effectively halted earlier this year when he found out his cancer had returned to his liver and lungs.

He has run 15 marathons previously but on Sunday, his 53rd birthday, has set himself the challenge of being on the starting line and running or walking to the Cutty Sark, a distance of around six miles.

Having ran his first marathon at 19, he has challenged his son, Jack, to beat his first marathon time of three hours 30 minutes.

Marie Williams and David Carr

Marie Williams and David Carr

To support them, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NeilAnthony

Billy will be taking on the 26.2 mile course for Prostate Cancer UK, a charity he was inspired to support after losing his father to the disease at the tender age of 47.

“I have always wanted to give something back in order to honour my dad,” said the Thurston Community College maths teacher, who has been supported by a school non-uniform day and by students collectively running the marathon via 105 laps of the running track.

To sponsor him, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BillyAdamson47

Jordan Hughes with volunteer hairdresser Sue Eddington

Jordan Hughes with volunteer hairdresser Sue Eddington

Jordan, 20, dyed his hair pink on Wednesday in preparation for the gruelling event – something he said he would do to help boost funds for his chosen charity and employer, St Nicholas Hospice Care, in Bury.

“I’m looking forward to it for three things – the atmosphere, being able to say I’ve actually done it and never having to run ever again in my life,” he said.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/jordan-hughes3

Claire will be running to raise funds for Ipswich Hospital’s special care baby unit and six other charities in memory of her twin boys, who died after being born prematurely 21 years ago.

Billy Adamson with his family

Billy Adamson with his family

Ben, an Animal Health Trust expert ophthalmologist, is running with a friend and hopes to raise more than £3,000 for the AHT.

He said: “I’ve worked for the Animal Health Trust since 2011 so I have witnessed first-hand all of the great work that the charity does. It’s been really challenging to find time to train, especially as I am running with a friend who is also a vet, but the AHT is a cause we both feel very strongly about.” Go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/BenOriol

Greene King colleagues David and Marie are taking part in aid of the company’s chosen charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support.

Marie said: “Every year I’ve watched the London Marathon on TV and thought it was something I’d like to do, so I’m really excited to be taking on the challenge this year for Macmillan.”

David added: “I’ve been training hard in the lead up to the London Marathon and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Visit justgiving.com/Marie-Williams7 or justgiving.com/David-Carr13

Also taking part are: Rob Love, of Bury, for Cancer Research UK; Hayley Woods, of Bury, in aid of Genetic Disorders UK; Clare Harding, of Bury, for Age UK; Jackie Delf, of Lackford, for St John’s Ambulance; Karen Williamson, of Whepstead, in aid of Diabetes UK; John and Katy Frith, of Bury, for St Nicholas Hospice Care, and Stowmarket Striders’ Don Beatty, for British Heart Foundation, Neil Martin, for Trust Maria, Steve Pretty, for Community HeartBeat Trust, and Frank Moggan, for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society.