Frying pan to fire for marathon men

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Two fathers from South Holland who both work in the fish and chip trade hope to come back battered and bruised after running the London Marathon next weekend.

Chris Shingles (31), from Deeping St Nicholas , and Darren Warner (29), from Crowland, want to raise thousands of pounds for their chosen charities when they run in the world-famous race on April 21.

The pair, who are both married and have two children each, have been putting in miles of training for the big event where they will join at least 35,000 other runners on the capital’s streets, including double Olympic champion Mo Farah.

Chris, a fish and chip shop manager in Market Deeping, hopes to raise at least £2,300 for the charity Children with Cancer UK while Darren, who runs a company that produces fresh chips before delivering them to takeaways, is raising money for The Firefighters Charity.

Darren, also a retained firefighter in Crowland, said: “A mate in Crowland ran the London Marathon last year and I was doing a bit of running myself, so I thought it would be quite interesting to do it this year.

“I’m looking forward to it, although I’m a little bit nervous as well, and people in Crowland are asking me how my training is going.”

Chris said: “This is my second London Marathon, having ran it in 2011, but I’m a bit more excited this time because I know what to expect.”