Friends prepare for marathon effort

TWO close friends are today preparing for the London Marathon in aid of a leading cancer charity after losing relatives to the disease.

TWO close friends are today preparing for the London Marathon in aid of a leading cancer charity after losing relatives to the disease.

Abby Powlett and Julie Dorling, who work as finance technicians for Suffolk County Council, hope to complete the gruelling 26.2 miles in four-and-a-half hours.

They will be running to raise cash for World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) after losing a grandmother and father respectively.

Abby, 31, said: “This will be our first marathon and training is going really well.

“Both of us have been affected by cancer and we have lost relatives, most recently my nan. She was 77 but she was still so full of energy.”

The friends are hoping to raise at least �4,000 for WCRF. Training has been tough but effective, with both regularly hitting 16 miles on a regular basis.

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Julie, 45, said: “Running this marathon is so important to me because of my wonderful dad, who I miss dearly.

“Cancer is just one of the many things he bravely faced. I am also remembering close family members, most recently Jeannie Rednapp and dear friend Rick Tovell, who battled cancer with such courage and dignity.”

Abby and Julie will be supported by their husbands Brian, 34, and Terry, 48, and their children.

To sponsor Abby and Julie and find our more about WCRF, visit www.wcrf-uk.org/sponsor

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