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Gloucester runners to run London Marathon for children's charities

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

By Matt Discombe

  • Colin Ollerhead trains in his colourful gear

  • Sarah Edwards runs with Nailsworth pupils

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Runners from Gloucester will raise money for charity by entering the London Marathon this Sunday.

Colin Ollerhead from Kingsway and Nailsworth Primary School teacher Sarah Edwards are among those running the capital’s streets.

The London Marathon, sponsored by Virgin Money, follows the River Thames and is 26 miles and 385 yards long.

Colin, who has so far raised around £2,000 for Children with Cancer, has been training since November.

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He said: “I thought it was important to help raise money and give the children a better life.”

Colin has competed in the London Marathon before, and in 2012 helped to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support.

He has been training four to five times a week since November to prepare for the run, and hopes to complete it in five hours. He aims to raise £4,000 for his chosen charity.

“I wanted to go dressed as Batman but my partner insisted that I go in bright colours, which explains the dress,” he said.

“I dressed up for the marathon in 2012, but I got too hot so I had to complete the run in my shorts.”

Sarah is running in memory of her daughter Stacey, who was born with a syndrome which effected the development of her lungs and a heart defect. She died before her fourth birthday in 1994.

She has been raising money for The Spring Centre, which helps to support disabled children and their families.

“The support and help we received from The Spring Centre was unbelievable so I really wanted to give something back.

“This is my first marathon, so I’m hoping to finish in around five hours. I don’t quite know what to expect but the atmosphere will be wonderful.”

Sarah initially aimed to raise £1,000 for the charity, but she has now doubled her target with the help of Cotswolds All Runners and her primary school. She has been training for months and three weeks ago ran 21 miles.

“The support and donations I’ve received from everyone has been amazing,” she said.

Donations can be made to Colin at his Virgin Money giving page, and to Sarah by visiting her Justgiving page.

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