Briony runs up £800 for marathon effort

Briony Craven Russell

Briony Craven Russell

An Exning resident has already raised more than £800 for next year’s London Marathon despite the race being more than four months away.

Briony Craven-Russell will join thousands of others in April for the 26.2 mile race around the capital, which is sponsored by Virgin Money, after being allotted one of the charity spots for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

The 42 year old, who was told of her place in the race in October, will be running in the colours of the Bury St Edmunds hospice in memory of her dad George Russell who died aged 74 after a 16-month battle with bowel cancer in 2008.

“When I was told that I 
had received a place in the 
race I couldn’t believe it as so many people try to get in it but never get the chance,” said Briony.

“I have wanted to raise money for the hospice for a while and this is a golden opportunity to do just that.

“The great thing about the London Marathon is that most of those running alongside me will be like minded people all running for personal causes.”

Since setting up her Just Giving page just under two months ago, Briony has seen donations flood in with her current total standing at £820.

In addition, the Newmarket branch of estate and letting agents Cheffins have sponsored Briony to wear their logo on her running trousers in the race.

“I am grateful to Cheffins for making the first donation towards my logo campaign,” said Briony.

“I don’t care if I am looking like band aid when I run the race if a company wants it logo on me I will find space to fit them on.”

“Although my target is £2,000 I don’t want to stop there as I want to raise as much as possible.”

Although it is only early days as regards to her training for the race the Newmarket Joggers member has confirmed she is on track with her programme.

“I have been training now for four weeks now and I seem to be handling it well.

“I am just really excited about the whole thing now,” said Briony.

To sponsor Briony, search for her full name at www.justgiving.com or by emailing her at briony@bjrltd.co.uk




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