Memories will spur on Exmouth runners

11:30 28 February 2014

On April 13 Emily Wood from Exmouth will be running the London Marathon to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Emily, 22, works in Exeter for Virgin Money, the marathon's main sponsor. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 4304-09-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

On April 13 Emily Wood from Exmouth will be running the London Marathon to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Emily, 22, works in Exeter for Virgin Money, the marathon's main sponsor. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 4304-09-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

Archant

TWO Exmouth runners are limbering up for this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.

Ian MacQueen will be running for Children with Cancer UKIan MacQueen will be running for Children with Cancer UK

Both are keen to raise as much money as possible for their respective charities, and both are in intensive training as the big day approaches.

But their experience of the 26-mile 385-yard race couldn’t be more different.

Around 1,200 runners will take to the streets of London on Sunday, April 13.

They’ll include Emily Wood, who’ll be running her first-ever marathon.

The 22-year-old, who works in the Exeter store of the event’s sponsor Virgin Money, will be raising money for Cancer Research UK.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” she said. “I’m taking part in memory of two special people – my nan and my cousin – who I will hold in my heart forever.”

Emily’s aunt Lilian Wood lived in Budleigh Salterton, while her cousin Sherry Wood was from Ottery St Mary.

“They both lost their battle to cancer,” said Emily. “That’s why I’m running in aid of Cancer Research UK, who do fantastic work in trying to beat this awful disease. The thought of my nan and my cousin will spur me on to finish.”

Emily – who has been training since November with regular runs from Exmouth to Budleigh and back – hopes to complete the course within five hours.

“It’s a bit scary,” she said, “but I’m pretty motivated to do it.”

For more details and to donate, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/emilywood91

Meanwhile Ian MacQueen, 67, will have plenty of marathon experience to draw on when he pounds the capital’s cobblestones.

It will be the 28th time that the company director and chairman of Exmouth Chamber of Trade has competed in the London event.

This time he’s hoping to raise £3,000 for Children with Cancer UK.

The charity, inaugurated by Diana, Princess of Wales, was set up in 1988 by the O’Gorman family, after brother and sister Paul and Jean fell victim to cancer within nine months of each other.

“I will be running my 28th London Marathon for my friend, Cliff O’Gorman’s charity, Children With Cancer UK,” said Ian.

For more information and to donate, visit www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 12:30

A four-year-old girl in Budleigh Salterton was left in tears after finding the bike she loved had been broken beyond repair.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:33

District chiefs are facing criticism for ‘ignoring’ a town poll calling for more consultation on proposed seafront redevelopment.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Residents are being asked for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for East Devon District Council.

Read more
Mon, 11:18

The second Exmouth Spirit of the Exe and Mussel Festival was held on Saturday on the sea front

Read more
Mon, 06:30

Seafront campaigners have questioned the need to demolish a popular attraction after it was revealed that the site could be open for temporary use next summer.

Read more
Sunday, September 25, 2016

A third of ‘Jurassic Ambassadors’ who volunteer their time to promote the historic coastline are from East Devon.

Read more
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Healthy eating has paid off for Littleham Primary School as it has been recognised for its hard work.

Read more
Sunday, September 25, 2016

A tanning company whose shop in Exmouth was ravaged by a fire earlier this year is expecting to reopen at a new site next year.

Read more
Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Lympstone couple are hoping to bring some smiles to the faces of teenage villagers in the depths of Africa.

Read more
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Speed check volunteers between Knowle and Budleigh Salterton have defended their policy of putting out signs warning motorists of their presence.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 17°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications