Charity close to runner's heart
MARATHON runner Greg Nunn needs your help to raise money for a charity close to his heart.The 19-year-old needs to raise £1,000 to be able to run in the London Marathon on Sunday in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
MARATHON runner Greg Nunn needs your help to raise money for a charity close to his heart.
The 19-year-old needs to raise £1,000 to be able to run in the London Marathon on Sunday in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
But with just a few days to go, Greg still needs to raise another £400 to enable him to enter.
He ran the marathon for the charity last year and managed to raise more than £3,000 but funds are a little harder to come by this year as he has been at University.
Pumping the streets for the foundation is incredibly important to Greg and his family because his mother lost a son who was just hours old when he was born with only half a heart.
Greg said: "I think he would have been 17 now had he had lived.
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"My mum is really proud of me for doing this."
On Sunday he did his last training run before the marathon – a whopping 22 miles.
He runs from his home in Henley Road to the Martlesham police headquarters and back again – and there and back a second time to clock up the miles.
His training has taken a different turn to last year when he would regularly run to Kesgrave and back.
Now he is studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Surrey in Guildford and there is one big difference.
He said: "There are a lot more hills in Guildford than here which makes it quite hard.
"From here to Kesgrave and back was always very flat."
Last year he managed the 26 miles in three hours and 47 minutes but is hoping to break his record this time round.
Greg said that training can be quite hard, particularly when going on long runs.
He said: "The training is probably harder than actually doing the marathon because you have not got half a million people lining the streets to cheer you on."
To sponsor Greg and help him reach his target, call him on 01473 231004.
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