Gary gets ready for double marathon test

From left to right: Edward Peacock, Mr Anderson ,John Stocker, Dave White and Tracey Watson pictured at the Bournemouth marathon last month. NNL-151211-172541001
From left to right: Edward Peacock, Mr Anderson ,John Stocker, Dave White and Tracey Watson pictured at the Bournemouth marathon last month. NNL-151211-172541001

A running enthusiast from Banbury is in the early stages of training to complete two full marathons in a week.

Gary Anderson is manager of A Touch of Pine furniture shops on Southam Road in Banbury and Telford Road in Bicester.

He will run in the 2016 Brighton Marathon on April 17 but will have little time to recover as he will then head to London to take part in the iconic race on April 24.

The 47-year-old has set a target of £2,000 for Children with Cancer and said: “Two members of staff have got family going through cancer treatment so it has really hit home.

“We have all been affected by cancer in some form and it is something that is particularly nasty when it is young members of your family.”

Mr Anderson completed his first marathon in Bournemouth on October 4 and is already training hard for the two events next year.

He is a member of Evolve Health and Fitness in Murdock Road, Bicester and is excited at the prospect of racing in London, a race he described as the ultimate event for any runner.

He added: “Quite a few of the senior runners at the gym have raced it themselves and have been encouraging and helping me with the running and the training. They have all said London is a real spectacle and the ultimate race.

“Edward Peacock, John Stocker and Tracey Watson have all run the London Marathon before and are my inspiration to run the event. John is the owner of Evolve Health & Fitness in Bicester and he is my personal trainer and physio.”

To help with his fundraising target, Mr Anderson is organising a charity night in January called Magic, Music and Dance at the Freemasons Hall on Marlborough Road in Banbury.

It starts at 7pm and tickets are priced at £15 and available from Mr Anderson on 07771 926441 or his wife Dawn on 07921 136665.

Alternatively you can donate here