Taking on the London marathon!
19 April 2017
SIX people are taking on the challenge of running the London Marathon to help Wigan and Leigh Hospice this year.
Keen runner Kath Laithwaite, 41, from Orrell will run 26.2miles
in memory of her dad, Bill, who was cared for in the hospice.
Kath, who works as a cleaner for InterEurope Foods and Robin Lane Primary School, made things even more challenging for herself by completing the Greater Manchester Marathon just three weeks before taking on the London Marathon.
"My dad was in the hospice at Christmas 2015 for the last few days of his life and the nurses were fantastic," she said. "It's like coming from one home to another - they really looked after him."
Vicky Wilding, 37, from Wigan has been supporting the hospice for 30 years and is running her first marathon for the charity.
"I've always supported the hospice because friends and family have been supported by the hospice, my mum has worked there for over 20 years and my auntie works there too," she said.
"From being 7 years old when I sold all of my toys and took a cheque to the hospice I've always been involved in one way or another."
To get the miles in Vicky has been catching the train to Manchester, Southport and Preston then running home. She has so far clocked up 300 miles since January.
John Warburton, 37, from Ince is a director at computing firm ABtec based in Hindley Green. He has been suffering with an injury to his foot which has limited his training but is determined to finish the marathon.
He said: "I'll do it even if I have to walk and run it - I've always wanted to do the London Marathon. I applied this year for a ballot place and didn't get it then I spoke to Christine in the fundraising team at the hospice who told me there was a place available. My mother-in-law is being helped by the hospice so it all fits in."
Iain Entwistle, 40, is Managing Director at Entwistle & Joynt Ltd, a wholesaler of power tools and a family-owned business which has been operating in Wigan for over 50 years.
Iain and work colleagues have raised more than £10,000 for the hospice by running the London Marathon over the years and this will be the fourth time that Iain has done it.
He said: "I'm not looking to get a certain time - I just want to enjoy it. I want to take in everything that is going on around me because it's one of the best atmospheres; one of the best days you'll ever have. This time I'll see the bands and the sights of London, like the Cutty Sark and Tower Bridge, so I'm really looking forward to it."
Matthew Cunniffe, 31, from Hindley has run the London Marathon three times. He is running to raise funds for the Hospice and for the Special Care Baby Unit in Bolton.
Also running for the hospice is Jonathan Smith, 38, from Orrell who said: "I wanted to run for the hospice because I am aware of how important the charity is and the excellent care that it provides for people who have a life limiting illness.
"This kind of care requires constant funding and I wanted to raise as much as possible to hopefully help as much as I could."