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Tuesday 17 April 2012

Runners take part in London Marathon for ShelterBox
Runners take part in London Marathon for ShelterBox

On Sunday 22 April, several runners will be taking part in the world famous Virgin London Marathon in aid of ShelterBox. They will travel from all over the country to tackle the 26.3 mile race and one ShelterBox competitor is even travelling to the UK from Australia. This is the 32nd London Marathon. Last year, over 34,000 people entered and raised over £51.8 million for charities. Two of our competitors are even making the already daunting race even more challenging by running with an empty ShelterBox strapped to their backs.

A team of ShelterBox supporters will be at Mile 18, Canary Wharf cheering on all of our runners. We have featured a few below. To sponsor any of them click on their names.

Peter Pearce is Director of ShelterBox Australia and a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member. He will be running the marathon with a ShelterBox strapped to his back. After being born in Redruth and educated in Helston, Cornwall, Peter immigrated to Australia in 1969 and now lives in Sydney. He has been an SRT member for three years and has been deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, and the Philippines three times. He is a retired financial adviser and a Rotarian. His Rotary work resulted in him being nominated by the local community to help carry the Olympic Torch at the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000.
 
Rick Milburn is a detective constable in Falmouth, Cornwall. Like Peter, he will also be running the London Marathon with a ShelterBox strapped to his back. This is Rick’s third marathon and he wears his trainers a lot looser than normal as he finds that this stops him from getting blisters on his feet. He said: ‘I chose to run for ShelterBox after seeing images of the Turkish earthquake. The ShelterBox image is almost iconic and instantly the challenge of running with one strapped to my back seemed the obvious thing to do. It will, I hope, raise interest and awareness for this great charity.’
 
Graham Meek is an accountant who lives in Sandhurst, Surrey and this is his first marathon. After taking up running four years ago, he has been a marshal on the finish line of the London Marathon for the past two years and was ‘amazed by the atmosphere’. As part of his training, he completed ‘The Grizzly’ in Seaton, Devon. This is a 20.5 mile race that involves running on a pebbly beach, running through water, wading through a peat bog and tackling hills that are so steep that you cannot run up them. ‘The best tip that I have received is that 99% of people who make the start line complete the Marathon, so it is vital that you do not overdo the training and end up being injured.’
 
Vicky Davies is a software developer who lives in St Agnes, Cornwall. She completed the Bath half marathon last year but this is her first full marathon. Vicky is looking forward to finishing and also giving her children a high-five during the race. She has been training early in the morning with a head torch and fluorescent vest in dark conditions, often in the wind and rain, to ensure she can fit her training around work and family life. One of her top training tips is to ‘find a time slot for your runs that works for your whole family and stick to it.’ She said: ‘It struck me that the people that ShelterBox help really do need helping. ShelterBox seems to offer help in a concrete and practical way and that appeals to me.’
 
These are just the runners that we know about. If you or someone you know is fundraising for ShelterBox by running in this weekend’s marathon then let us know. You can follow @ShelterBoxUK on Twitter for updates throughout the day.
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