Councillor to do birthday marathon run

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A parish and district councillor in South Holland has a much tougher item on his agenda in less than four weeks time when he runs in the London Marathon.

Andrew Woolf is celebrating his 40th birthday by joining more than 35,000 other runners in the 26.2-mile race on April 21 to raise money for Diabetes UK.

Coun Woolf, South Holland District Council member for Moulton, Weston and Cowbit, has had pledges of more than £2,500 so far and is training for the big race by running between 12 and 21 miles a week.

He said: I’ve always wanted to run in the London Marathon and while I was thinking about the challenge, my thoughts turned to raising money for charity.

“My decision to run for Diabetes UK is mainly about someone I know who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of just 11.

“Before this, I naively thought that diabetes only affected adults but to hear of someone so young being diagnosed came as a shock to me.”

Coun Woolf, who is also chairman of Moulton Parish Council, announced his plans to run in the London Marathon at a meeting last month and since then he has become a regular on the treadmill at Holbeach Weight Training Club.

He said; “They say that life begins at 40 and so the day after I reach this milestone, I’m going to do something I’ve wanted to do for many years and run in the London Marathon.”

To sponsor Coun Woolf, visit www.justgiving.com/AndrewRWoolf, text AW0099 to 70070 or fill in the sponsorship form at The Swan pub, High Street, Moulton.