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Ipswich student Harriet Tricker is running the Brighton Marathon for Marie Curie this weekend

PUBLISHED: 22:05 07 April 2017 | UPDATED: 22:05 07 April 2017

Harriet Tricker, 18, of Ipswich, prepares to raise vital funds for charity Marie Curie by running the Brighton Marathon on April 9. Picture: EASTON & OTLEY COLLEGE

Harriet Tricker, 18, of Ipswich, prepares to raise vital funds for charity Marie Curie by running the Brighton Marathon on April 9. Picture: EASTON & OTLEY COLLEGE

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Harriet Tricker, an 18-year-old from Ipswich who only started running a year ago, is running the Brighton Marathon this weekend for charity.

Harriet Tricker, 18, of Ipswich, prepares to raise vital funds for charity Marie Curie by running the Brighton Marathon on April 9. Picture: EASTON & OTLEY COLLEGEHarriet Tricker, 18, of Ipswich, prepares to raise vital funds for charity Marie Curie by running the Brighton Marathon on April 9. Picture: EASTON & OTLEY COLLEGE

The teenager is raising funds for Marie Curie, which provided great support to her family during a relative’s recent battle with cancer.

She said: “I’ve only been running for just over a year. When I first started, I couldn’t run more than a few hundred yards before having to stop.

“Since then, I’ve gradually built up my stamina and last year I ran the Amsterdam half marathon.

“The support you get while running a big event is amazing. I had my name on a t-shirt and everyone constantly encourages you. If you have lost your faith in humanity then you should watch or take part in a marathon or half marathon.”

The Easton and Otley College student, who is studying a level three public services course, said her training has gone to plan.

She added: “It’s been going really well. I’m almost up to 20 miles. I’ll be over the moon if I can finish this. If this goes well I’d eventually like to do the London or Boston marathons.”

The 26-mile challenges takes place on Sunday.

Easton and Otley College spokesman John Nice said, “Easton and Otley is extremely proud of Harriet. The college made a small donation of £30 and staff and students will be supporting a bake sale that she is hosting.

“She is a determined student so I’m sure she will meet this challenge head on. We wish her all the very best.”

To donate to Harriet, see here.

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