Hook Norton Brewery managing director James Clarke will be among the Banburyshire runners taking part in Sunday’s London Marathon to help raise money for worthwhile causes.
Mr Clarke, 43, will be running for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, having lost his sister Victoria and a close friend to the disease.
According to Mr Clarke, the community of Hook Norton has helped raise more than £300,000 since his sister was diagnosed 30 years ago.
He said: “Leukaemia continues to be an awful, destructive disease. We need to keep going until no one else has to suffer as we did. In training I am up to 20 miles. I have suffered severe shin splints, but that is nothing compared to the pain of Leukaemia. I can and will do this!”
Isabel Rimmer of Banbury will be hoping to raise money for the Horton General Hospital A&E department.
The 34-year-old said: “The actual event is going to be tough, painful and hard work. However, it will be made much easier knowing all the money I raise will be going to a charity that will benefit large numbers of people.”
Lorna King will be running for Help the Hospices due to the help and support that her dad received from the Katharine House Hospice in Banbury before he lost his battle with cancer. She said: “This is an amazing charity and they looked after my dad so well in his remaining days.”