Gemma's marathon effort for MS charity

RUNNER Gemma Appleby is to follow in her dad's footsteps - by running the 26 miles of next year's London Marathon on her 26th birthday.Miss Appleby, of Felixstowe, has secured a place in the team of the Colchester-based Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre (MSRC) charity for the April 13 event.

RUNNER Gemma Appleby is to follow in her dad's footsteps - by running the 26 miles of next year's London Marathon on her 26th birthday.

Miss Appleby, of Felixstowe, has secured a place in the team of the Colchester-based Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre (MSRC) charity for the April 13 event.

Her mum, Gillian, has MS, and like her father, Glenn, will be supporting the charity to highlight the plight of sufferers as well as to raise a big sum to help with their care and support.

Miss Appleby who works for insurance broker Willis, in Ipswich said: “My dad has run ten London Marathons and one New York marathon.

“This year, dad's giving it a rest so I thought this would be a good year for me to step in.

“The furthest I've run so far is four miles but I'm just starting serious training so I won't be over-indulging during the festive season!”

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She is aiming to raise £2,000 and so far has pledges of more than £300.

Mr Appleby, 49, of Old Felixstowe, has raised more than £33,000 from his marathon running.

The MSRC is committed to supporting anyone affected by multiple sclerosis by providing access to unbiased information and advice.

Last year, the charity's team raised a record £230,000 by running the London Marathon.

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