Martin McGinlay will be taking on the famous 26.2 mile course in aid of Leukaemia CARE, a charity which offers support to patients, carers and health care professionals. The postman, who is 34 years old, has a personal connection to the charity as his father passed away in November last year from leukaemia.
He said: “Myself and my family received support from Leukaemia CARE before and after my dad died, with booklets and information before he passed, and the CARE Line after he died. I want to run to raise money so that the charity can continue to provide these vital services to be able to help other people like they helped us.”
This will be Martin’s second marathon after running the Brighton Marathon last year.
Martin said: “I ran for our local children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House, and raised just under £600 for them. I really enjoyed it and, although it was hard work, it was a very enjoyable experience and one that I will never forget. I ran with someone in Brighton who picked up an injury part way round, so I got a time of five hours 30 minutes. Of course, I am looking to beat that time at London this year!”
Clare Brooks, who works with the Marathon runners at Leukaemia CARE, said: “Our runners make all the difference to people who need that bit extra support. I’ve followed all our runners, including Martin, from the point of sign up and I can’t wait for Martin to cross that finishing line.”
So far, Martin has raised £970. To donate, visit 2017-london-marathon.everydayhero.com/uk/martin-s-marathon-page.
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