Spalding manager Luke to branch out in London Marathon run

Luke Harrison, branch manger of Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, Spalding, who is running in next month's London Marathon for Marie Curie's Great Daffodil Appeal.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Luke Harrison, branch manger of Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, Spalding, who is running in next month's London Marathon for Marie Curie's Great Daffodil Appeal. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A building society branch manager from Spalding is taking big strides to help his firm in its “Hour of Need” for a cancer charity.

Luke Harrison (30), who manages Norwich and Peterborough Building Society’s branch in Sheep Market, is gearing up for the London Marathon on Sunday, April 24.

The building society aims to raise £1 million for its Hour of Need campaign in aid of Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal to help cancer patients at its nine hospices around the UK.

Luke said: “I only found I was doing the marathon at the end of January.

“But I play football for Spalding United Reserves and run 10kms twice a week anyway, so I just had to increase my training.

“I got married last September and leading up to it, I went through a bit of a fitness plan where I started running more and more.

“So having watched the London Marathon on TV like most people, I wanted to do it.”

Luke, an assistant manager for Spalding United Reserves, has set a target of finishing the race in three hours 30 minutes.

At least 38,000 runners, including TV and radio presenter Chris Evans, Hollywood actress Natalie Dormer and double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes, are expected to take part in a year when the one millionth finisher in the race’s 35-year history will cross the finish line.

Luke said: “I’m running between 35 and 38 miles a week at the moment as I’ve entered the Tulip 10km charity road race a week before the London Marathon on April 17,” Luke said.

“Because Marie Curie is Norwich and Peterborough’s Charity of the Year, I’ve heard a bit about the good work it does.

“I also have a friend who works in palliative care and has told me about couples who have been together for most of their lives and where one is caring for the other because they have cancer.”

“So I’m really excited about running for a very worthy cause.”

To sponsor Luke, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com and then type in his name.

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