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Two runners from Moulton to take on London Landmarks Half-Marathon on Sunday, March 24, for type 1 diabetes charity JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)




Two friends from Moulton will be seeing London's sights at a fast pace when they run a half-marathon together next weekend.

Mark Schmidt and Andrew Woolf are among more than 13,000 runners in training for the second London Landmarks Half-Marathon (LLHM) on Sunday, March 24.

The 13.1 mile route, from Pall Mall to Downing Street, will see Mark and Andrew go past such world-famous sights as Nelson's Column, London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, the Bank of England and the House of Parliament.

Andrew Woolf and Mark Schmidt are running the London Landmarks Half-Marathon for type 1 diabetes charity JDRF. Photo supplied. (7672934)
Andrew Woolf and Mark Schmidt are running the London Landmarks Half-Marathon for type 1 diabetes charity JDRF. Photo supplied. (7672934)

Andrew, director of a fresh produce company and chairman of Moultons Parish Council, said: "I found out about the LLHM online and when I looked into it a little bit more, having run the London Marathon in 2013, it looked like a very attractive course to run.

"It's a bit of a scrambled route and there will be lots of famous sights which is good because what I've found during my training is that you need something to take your mind off what you're doing."

Andrew is no stranger to running events in London, having also taken part in the Royal Parks Foundation Half-Marathon in 2016.

But LLHM will be a new experience for Mark, a caretaker and gardener by trade, who has never run a half-marathon or marathon before.

Andrew said: "Mark had never run more than two miles in his life before the beginning of the year when we started training together.

"But he's been increasing his mileage every week to achieve the levels required and Mark is really excited about doing his first half-marathon."

The pair are hoping to raise more than £1,000 for type 1 diabetes charity JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) which is trying to find new forms of treatment for a condition that affects 29,000 children in the UK, according to figures from the charity.

Andrew said: "One of my good friend's children was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and it came as quite a shock because she was a young, healthy girl."

"But after feeling a little unwell, she was diagnosed with the condition.

"She's now in her late teens and she's never been phased by it."

To sponsor Mark and Andrew, go to www.justgiving.com and then search under Mark and Andrew Schmidt and Woolf.



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