Saturday, June 15, 2024

Final preparation for Thurrock’s London Marathon runners (but still time to sponsor them!)

THE MANTRA IS: It is 26 one mile runs and not one long 26 mile trek. Learn to control your inner chimp. Or in other and enjoy it.

Whatever gets you from Blackheath to the finish in Birdcage Walk.

Here are a few Thurrock runners who are taking on the challenge. They are all running for fantastic causes. We have provided links so please please please, even if you pledge 50 pence, it will help.

1. Shout out to Courtny Petrides, 23, from Grays.

Her charity page is:

We know Courtny has done an awful lot for her twin sister Channon.

2. Good luck to Paul Ruskin. Paul said: "I live in East Tilbury and I’m running the London marathon for The Neuro Foundation. This is a UK charity that aims to improve the lives of those affected by Neurofibromatosis (NF) my wife Hollie being one of them who has NF1.

"Last year we found out Hollie was pregnant and early this year she lost the baby because of the Neurofibromatosis. There is currently no cure for Neurofibromatosis and not many people understand it but 1 in 3000 babies are born with the condition."


3. Samantha and Kirsty Larkin…

Samantha said: "I live in Grays (Arthur Street) and this will be my first year running the Marathon.

"I’m doing it alongside my sister, Kirsty Larkin and we are running for AgeUK. We have already raised £2,500 although we have another £1,300 to go!

4. Sean Hewitt from Thurrock is running for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

5. Claire Sheldrick is feeling a little nervous (That’s not quite how she phrased it..)

Claire said: "I have raised over £2000 for Havens Hospices. I’m going to give this my all. I’m hoping all my training has paid off and I can make it over the finish line.

6. Luke Bowes is running for


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