A working mum from Ampthill is running the London Marathon this month for a charity which helps blind children.
Mother of two Christine Davies has been busy preparing for the city run on Sunday, April 13.
She said:“I really want to raise money for Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA) as I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like if your children can’t see.”
Christine, 42, has been training hard for the race whilst coping with her day-to-day commitments.
She said: “It has been an ambition of mine to run the marathon.
“I am a working mum and trying to juggle work, the kids, and running, has been insane.
“We have been joking that my poor husband Nigel has become a marathon ‘widower’. And that is not to mention the hideous weather in February.
“It was character building but I have turned a corner and I am now looking forward to finishing on The Mall.”
Christine believes the sponsorship will help spur her on, along with her friends and family from Ampthill who will be cheering for her on the day.
She said:”My family will be on the Mall along with friends from Ampthill who will be coming along too.”
To donate to Christine’s marathon fund visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/christinesmith
>> An Oakley man raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support will be running the London Marathon this month.
Richard Hull, 52, has raised an impressive £85,000 during his time fundraising, mostly running in fancy dress.
He said: “This will be the 17th time I’ve run a marathon and this year I will be running as a Macmillan coffee mug.
“Over the years I’ve run as different Mr Men characters including Little Miss Naughty, Mr Smiley, and Mr Happy. My favourite was Mr Happy. The response from the public lining the route was great.”
Richard, who has also completed the New York marathon, was inspired to run after losing close relatives to cancer.
He said: “I lost my uncle [to the disease] recently and it took my father a while ago, so it just seemed like the right thing to do.”
>> Another runner, science master Stephen Heavisides, from Stewartby, who teaches at Alameda Middle School, Ampthill, is supporting the charity PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide). He said: “I shall be running in memory of my nephew who sadly took his own life just over a year ago.
“He was in his early 20s and had a baby daughter. PAPYRUS does great work raising awareness and reducing the stigma that surrounds suicide.”