Cancer tots to be aided by runners
AMONG the 1,500 runners who will be pounding a path through the town in this weekend’s Swindon Half Marathon are three men who are set to brave the notoriously hilly course.
Jason Thomas, Barry Green and Andy Hay will line up on Sunday at the start of the 13.1-mile race hoping their efforts will help raise money for Swindon children’s charity Cancer and Leukaemia Movement (CALM).
Both Jason and Barry work at Accord Office Supplies, in Dorcan, while Andy is a late replacement for a friend, another Accord colleague, who broke his ankle.
Jason, who admitted he is new to running and is apprehensive having heard the rumours about the course, said: “I started running seriously about three of four months ago, as I found myself out and about more during the good weather.
“I used to do quite a bit to keep fit after the football season but I decided to go for the half marathon.
“I’m up for the challenge. I’ve been doing plenty of morning and evening runs a few times a week in preparation and I’m looking forward to it.”
Father-of-four Barry, 55, a more seasoned Swindon half marathon runner, said: “I ran 10 miles of the course last weekend and it doesn’t get any easier.
“I’ve done it before for the British Heart Foundation and Prospect, and CALM is a great local charity.”
Father-of-three Jason added his family would be there on the day to cheer him along and that CALM had been chosen by the company as a good cause.
He said: “We have supported a number of local charities in the past and CALM was nominated by members of staff at Accord. It’s a fantastic charity that does so much for local families of children who have cancer and leukaemia.”
To sponsor Jason, Barry and Andy visit www.justgiving.com/office2office-SwindonHalfMarathon.
This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the road race, which is being co-ordinated by the British Heart Foundation for the first time.
For those who missed the entry deadline for the half-marathon there is still time to enter the five-mile fun run and two-mile fun run on the day, with registration open at 8am. Entries are £11.50 and £6.50 for the five-mile and two-mile runs.
Participants are asked to use the Croft Road entrance to Pipers Way, as Marlborough Road will be closed. Also any runners who are missing a chip or items from their packs should attend the registration tent and allow plenty of time before the start.
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