Hospice inspires local runners to take to the streets

By Tristan Harris Friday 11 April 2014 Updated: 11/04 19:08

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FIVE runners are among many who will be pounding the streets of the capital at the London Marathon on Sunday (April 13) to raise funds for the Primrose Hospice.

Jack Harris, Matt Rose, Adam Willington, Ian Prowse and David Taylor will be hoping to raise as much money as possible for the cause.

Jack, who recently conquered Kilimanjaro, said he could not turn down the opportunity to run in the race but added he did not anticipate quite how hard the training would be.

“Kilimanjaro seems a walk in the park in comparison with running 26.2 miles.

“At times, when running through wind and rain, the only thing keeping me going was the fantastic work the Primrose Hospice do within the local community and raising as much money as possible for them.”

The marathon also coincides with the 30th anniversary of Holtbolt, Jack’s employer, and he said the firm had showed him so much support for running.

Visit www.justgiving.com/jack-harris6 to sponsor him.

Another man in the line-up on Sunday will be Matt Rose who is 28 and from Redditch.

He said he had watched and admired those running the race for a long time and thought it was time he took part.

“It’s fantastic this nation holds such events where the country comes together and raises vast amounts of money for their chosen charity,” he added.

A Valentine’s Ball held by Jack and Matt saw £3,000 raised towards the pair’s marathon sponsorship.

Go to www.justgiving.com/Matthew-Rose5 to sponsor Matt.

Alcester resident Adam Willington, a corporal in the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment, said he had always wanted to participate since he saw his dad run the London Marathon when he was younger.

“My wife is a fund-raising assistant at Primrose Hospice and I know how hard everyone there works to raise money so people with life-limiting diseases in our local community can get the care that they need at the end of their life.

“It is a win-win situation for me.”

Adam has been doing regular long distance runs around his local area to build up his stamina and he is also hoping to re-run the marathon at Sainsbury’s Redditch on a treadmill donated by a local gym to raise even more funds.

Visit http://www.justgiving.com/Adam-Willington1 to contribute to Adam’s collection.

Of the other runners, Ian is from Bromsgrove and David is from Bristol. His father-in-law is the Primrose Hospice’s finance manager which is why he chose to run in aid of the charity.

Wendy Stokes, the Primrose’s fund-raising officer, said: “We would like to thank all of our runners and wish them well on Sunday.”

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