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Now let’s get behind those running the London Marathon on Sunday

YOU WILL have seen them all dotted around the borough. Especially on a sunday as each week the Thurrockians training for the London marathon tried to make the run longer and longer and longer.

Each day, we are going to feature a different runner.

Amy Trencher, 35 years old from Grays is preparing to run in this year’s Virgin London Marathon on the Sunday 22 April 2012.

She is running her first marathon to raise funds for Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease. Amy is running for Coeliac UK as her 2 year old niece, Jessica was diagnosed in early 2011 with the condition and Amy wanted to help raise funds and awareness of coeliac disease.

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten. Damage to the gut lining occurs when gluten is eaten. There is no cure or medication for the condition; the only treatment is lifelong, strict gluten-free diet. Without a gluten-free diet, the disease can lead to other conditions, such as malnutrition, osteoporosis, small bowel cancer and can cause infertility problems.

1 in 100 people in the UK have coeliac disease; however, only 10-15% of those individuals have been diagnosed.

Amy said: “I am running the London Marathon because witnessing my young niece become seriously ill from the effects of the disease at such a young age, and spending time in hospital as a result of the effects caused an untold amount of stress and unhappiness for Jess and the family. So, I am delighted to be running in aid of Coeliac UK. This is my first marathon and training is going extremely well. I started off with a target of 4hours but now I am hopeful to break this mark, at least that’s what I am hoping for!”

“I hope to raise a significant amount of money, even during those long hard, gruelling, and sometimes difficult training runs, but always with my niece in mind and the worth while charity that I am supporting. I hope the funds raised will help towards any research that may be undertaken so that living standards improve and are made easier for those diagnosed with coeliac disease,” continued Amy.

To help raise awareness of the condition, Coeliac UK is holding a campaign in May called the Gluten-free Challenge, asking the nation to pledge support and do at least one thing gluten-free during awareness week, which takes place between 14-20 May.

Further information about the Challenge can be found on Coeliac UK’s website http://www.coeliac.org.uk/glutenfreechallenge

To sponsor Amy go to www.justgiving.com/Amy-Trencher

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