Marathon effort for James

A TRIP to New York usually involves a visit to the Statue of Liberty, the Guggenheim or the Empire State building but not for one Ipswich man.James Burman, 28, won't be taking in the sights in quite the same way as he is jetting across the Atlantic, not as a tourist but a runner.

A TRIP to New York usually involves a visit to the Statue of Liberty, the Guggenheim or the Empire State building but not for one Ipswich man.

James Burman, 28, won't be taking in the sights in quite the same way as he is jetting across the Atlantic, not as a tourist but a runner.

Mr Burman, of Rosebery Road, Ipswich is to take part in his second New York Marathon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief - despite recently having undergone an operation.

"I fancied the challenge and can't wait to take part," Mr Burman said.

"Macmillan is a really worthy cause and I'm hoping to raise at least £2500 for them, the more I raise the more the charity will benefit."

Mr Burman ran the New York marathon four years ago and completed the 26.2 miles in just over four hours, this time he plans to run even faster and despite recovering from a minor operation on his groin.

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He said: "I've been training since June but I'm recovering at the moment.

"I can't wait to get back into training and it's been going really well.

"I've been running quicker than last time and I hope to be able to complete the course in under four hours."

Mr Burman has to raise a minimum of £2000 in sponsorship to take part in the race on November 2.

He is currently seeking sponsors and anyone who wants to help is asked to contact him on 07973 385197 or by email, james_blonder007@yahoo.co.uk.

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