Our runners prepare for marathon effort

LET'S hear it for Suffolk's mighty marathon men and women.

LET'S hear it for Suffolk's mighty marathon men and women.

Next Sunday these generous souls will be sweating and slogging round 26 miles of the nation's capital, all in the name of charity.

For them, it doesn't matter how quickly they run or how many people they pass to reach the finish line.

The most important thing for our region's runners is that they take part in what organisers claim is the biggest fundraising event in the world.

Each of our charitable champions will be enduring the physical strains of running across London to raise money for the causes that mean the most to them.

So look out for Suffolk's superstars when you tune in.

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A FATHER and son team have raised thousands to help take care of a precious little gem.

Rob and Daniel Case, from Meadowlands, Kirton, are running for The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign which provides care and support for people like two-year-old Rubi who are affected by disease.

Daniel's younger sister was born seven weeks premature and diagnosed with congenital muscular dystrophy.

She spent the first five months of her life in the neonatal unit at Ipswich Hospital.

The condition affects all the muscles in her body and an early prognosis was that she would not be able to show facial expressions, could have difficulties breathing and may have problems with her digestive system.

But Rubi has made progress beyond expectations and has overcome her early difficulties. She is now standing and the Case family hope she will soon be walking.

Daniel, 19, who works at BT Martlesham, said: “Rubi has a fantastic personality and is able to smile and laugh and has a huge appetite and no difficulties with her breathing.

“The disease however will have an impact in years to come and at present there is no cure for this.”

Between them, Mr Case and his son have so far raised �2,200 for their chosen charity and are keen to complete months of training by crossing the finish line side by side.

Mr Case, 39, who works for Co-operative Financial Services, said: “We are both determined to finish it and it would be nice to get round in four hours. Whatever happens we'll make sure we're together all the way round.

“We're trying to get out two or three times a week and we're keeping active elsewhere, playing football and squash, but with work commitments we probably haven't done as much as we could.”

Both Mr Case and son Daniel have their own fundraising website which can be found at www.justgiving.co.uk/robertcase and www.justgiving.co.uk/danielcasemdc.

IPSWICH mum Kathryn Barrow has raised �1,100 so far for East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

The 36-year-old psychiatric nurse, from Upland Road, has received donations from family, friends, work, church and regulars at the Old Times pub in Spring Road.

Mrs Barrow said: “I wanted to run for someone local and though I'm fortunate enough to have a healthy, happy five-year-old son, I know other people aren't so lucky.

“I ran it three years ago and swore never to do it again but here I am. I'm past the point of no return now so there's no backing out.

Last time I finished in just under five hours but this time I don't care about my time as long as I get round.”

You can sponsor Mrs Barrow by visiting her fundraising page at www.justgiving.co.uk/barrowk.

THIS quartet are keeping it in the family.

Karen Mills, 51, from Long Perry, Capel St Mary, will be joined at the start line by 22-year-old daughter Cathryn, son in law Andrew, 23, and her sister's fianc� Tony, 40.

The four of them have so far raised �950 for Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA).

Mrs Mills said: “Having restricted vision really impacts on your life, in terms of confidence and even in everyday things like walking in a straight line. We know because my other 20-year-old daughter Hannah is registered partially sighted. We didn't know there was any help out there for us when she was growing up but we know now that there is.”

Mrs Mills, deputy head at Halifax Primary, has been running round the school field every Wednesday and has even been joined by some of the children.

The week before the marathon, each class will be attempting to run the equivalent distance between them.

To sponsor Mrs Mills and family, go to www.bmycharity.com/V2/kmills3.

HAVING twice been struck down by testicular cancer, David Wood picked himself back up and took on a marathon challenge to raise awareness of the illness.

Mr Wood ran the 26-mile course for the Everyman charity in 2007 after recovering from testicular cancer 17 years ago.

The cancer, which had spread to his lungs, was treated with an operation and chemotherapy which meant Mr Wood was in remission for many years.

Last year he was diagnosed with an unrelated form of the illness, for which he received treatment at Ipswich Hospital.

The self employed van driver is hoping to complete the marathon in less than three hours and 45 minutes and has already completed a 22-mile run in preparation.

The 44-year-old said: “Awareness of testicular and prostate cancer is getting better thanks to charities like Everyman but many people are still afraid to talk about it, even though there have been a few high profile cases of it.

“I'm strangely looking forward to taking part because the atmosphere is so good.”