Runners from Pinchbeck and Deepings prepare for London Marathon next month

MARATHON WOMEN: Gina Workman and Rebecca Howitt are both running in next month's London Marathon for two different charities.
MARATHON WOMEN: Gina Workman and Rebecca Howitt are both running in next month's London Marathon for two different charities.
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Two women have miles on their minds ahead of the 36th London Marathon next month.

Gina Workman (28), formerly of Pinchbeck, and Rebecca Howitt (28), who teaches PE and maths at Thomas Cowley High School, Donington, are taking part in the big city event on Sunday, April 24.

Rebecca is doing the 26.2-mile run for mental health charity Mind and Gina, who runs a consultancy firm in London, is raising money for The Lullaby Trust which supports families and funds research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Gina said: “Last year, my housemate did the London to Brighton Challenge after her work colleague lost a baby to SIDS.

“That’s how I was introduced to The Lullaby Trust and when the charity ballot opened for the London Marathon last October, I asked about running it for them.

“I did a half-marathon in north London for the Christie Foundation, Manchester, last year, but I’m really nervous about the London Marathon because it’s going to be really hard work and the people I’ve talked to about it are expecting me to do well.

I’m really nervous because it’s going to be really hard work and the people I’ve talked to about it are expecting me to do well

Gina Workman (28), formerly of Pinchbeck

“I’ve been training since January and I’ve been able to run 18 miles in under three hours.

“But if I cross the finish line in less than five hours 30 minutes, I’ll feel that I’ve done well.”

Meanwhile, Rebecca has so far raised about £3,200 for Mind in memory of her uncle and ex-Deepings School PE teacher Graeme Mutton, of Market Deeping, who died last November, aged just 41.

Rebecca said: “My uncle got me involved in sport and helped me with my career progression as he had taught PE and maths as well.

“I’ve only ever run a maximum of 10km races, so for me the London Marathon is a big challenge because I’ve never done anything like this before.

“But I’ve had a few tips from a colleague who has run more than 30 marathons and I did a half-marathon on Sunday, so I’m very excited about next month.

“I fit in my training around work, sometimes running in the morning and sometimes in the afternoon.

“The staff and students at Thomas Cowley have been fantastic in helping me to raise money for Mind and, at the moment, I have an Easter egg raffle taking place that has raised almost £200.”

To sponsor Gina and/or Rebecca, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com

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