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Countdown to the London Marathon : our runners need your support!
Four members of mountain rescue will be running the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 13 April, their aim to raise £10,000 for Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW). So far, they've received donations of almost £1600 (plus Gift Aid), so they really need YOUR support to reach that target.
Neil Woodhead, the team’s coordinator, said “We’ve got four runners from four different teams. Some of them are very experienced but, for three of them, this will be their first time in the London Marathon.”
Dan Case of Dartmoor SRT Plymouth is running the event for the first time — in fact, it’s his first ever marathon — and the same is true for Dave Hadden of Kinder MRT in the Peak District and Jon Jones of the Derby team. In fact, Jon is really a mountain biker and has only been running for a year. The team is completed by Alasdair Cowell, a regular fell runner and a member of Glossop MRT in the Peak District.
All four runners agree that finding the time to fit marathon training in is a challenge but hopefully their regular trips up into the hills on rescues, searches and training exercises with the all the heavy equipment teams employ during a rescue situation has helped build up the stamina they need to reach the finish line!
The target of £10,000 is a challenging one but Neil hopes that both local and national publicity and the usual amazing public support for volunteer mountain rescue will help in reaching the target.
“We really appreciate the support — both in kind and financial — that we get from our local communities but I'm hoping the London Marathon effort will raise the profile elsewhere in the country,” he says.
If you'd like to spur our runners on and support mountain rescue into the bargain, you can do so via the team's fundraising page.