Runners gear up to take on marathon challenge

Richard Smith, 31, from Adlington, who will run more than 200 miles from Chorley to London, before finishing his challenge by running in the London Marathon as part of The Royal British Legion team.
Richard Smith, 31, from Adlington, who will run more than 200 miles from Chorley to London, before finishing his challenge by running in the London Marathon as part of The Royal British Legion team.
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A fitness enthusiast will complete a 250-mile run on Sunday as he takes part in the London Marathon.

Richard Smith, 31, agreed to run more than 200 miles from Chorley to the capital, before finishing his challenge by running the marathon as part of the Royal British Legion team.

Richard, who lives in Adlington, is hoping to raise more than £5,000 for the charity by taking on the mammoth run.

He started his run on Monday, from the Spinners Arms pub in Adlington.

He said: “I’ve taken part in lots of different fitness challenges over the years, so when I thought about the marathon, I decided to do something a bit different to try and raise as much money as possible.

“By the time I reach the marathon, it’ll be the shortest leg of the run and will be more like my cool-down, so I’ll probably be the only person there looking forward to those 26 miles!”

Longridge mum-of-two Sue Berry will also be among the runners on Sunday.

Having completed four Great North Runs, Sue, 44, received a ballot place for the London Marathon.

She said: “I couldn’t imagine running that distance without a purpose, so I will be running for my charity, The Alzheimer’s Society.”

Lee Gillespie, 44, from Fulwood, Preston, will also take on the challenge.

He will be running for charity CLIC Sargent, which supports young people with cancer.

Lee said: “When I was 13, my mum died of breast cancer, so I’m aware of the impact it has on young people and on families as well. So it’s just really to try to give something back to the charity.”

With match funding, Lee has raised £6,000, and said: “I am very grateful to everybody who has donated.”