Two sisters from Spalding and their friend are hoping to make some capital gains for three different charities by running in next month’s London Marathon.
Zoe (24) and Hannah Rayner (26) will be joined by Kayleigh Wells (27) on the streets of London on Sunday, April 26, when they hope to raise thousands of pounds for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Mind and Sense respectively.
The trio will be among more than 35,000 runners setting off from Greenwich Park to the Mall on the 26-mile, 385-yard test of endurance, courage and strength.
Hannah, a social worker across Lincolnshire, said: “It’s the first marathon for all three of us, but we’ve done two half-marathons in the past two years and thought that we might as well just go for it.
“One of my relatives has Alzheimer’s disease (the most common form of dementia) and others have had depression, so I like what Mind stands for in providing helplines for people and research into mental health problems.”
Hannah is aiming to raise at least £2,000 for the charity which provides advice and support for people going through anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and personality disorders.
“Up until the age of 13, I was into gymnastics and then after university, I thought I’d give running a go,” Hannah said.
“Myself and Kayleigh, who have been friends since I was 15, go out for runs of about six miles, on three evenings a week.
“But we are planning to do a 20-mile run this weekend and then a 22-mile run in two weekends’ time.
“I think it’ll be a massive achievement to finish the London Marathon because the half-marathons we’ve done have been quite small, with not a lot of people around.
“But a lot of my family and friends will be in London to cheer me on.”
Hannah and Kayleigh are hoping to finish the marathon in four hours, whereas Zoe is aiming for a time of three hours, 40 minutes after successfully finishing both the Great North Run and Leeds Half-Marathon in the past two years.
Zoe, a telemarketing executive now based in Leeds, said: “I went to university in the city and got a job here.
“But I also took up running in Leeds about three years ago and after finishing last year’s Leeds Half-Marathon in one hour, 33 minutes, I started training properly for the marathon in January.
“I wanted to do it for a cancer charity and I know a few friends who have been helped by Marie Curie Cancer Care, so I thought of raising money for them.
“The London Marathon is so popular and I’m hoping the crowd will help me run it in as fast a time as possible.”
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