Runners Katrina Bavin and Hayley Upson say if you are going to through the trials and tribulations of running the London Marathon, it should be for something close to your heart.
In their case, when they take on the marathon for the first time on April 23, they will be raising money for Prostate Cancer UK — a cause near and dear to them, as members of both of their families are currently recovering from the disease.
Mrs Bavin, 38, co-owner of Diss restaurant Weavers, and Mrs Upson, 39, a PE teacher, met through their children at Roydon Primary School.
They have run together for a long time, but they said training for the marathon was unlike anything they had done before.
“This is our first marathon and it feels like a massive jump. It kind of encompasses your life,” Mrs Bavin told the Diss Express.
“The training is going relatively well, although I picked up an injury that has caused me troubles.
“It’s not gone 100 per cent to plan, but I will have definitely earned that medal!”
Mrs Bavin said the help and support their families had received from Prostate Cancer UK had been “a huge factor” in their selection of the charity, and praised them for their ongoing efforts to raise awareness of cancer and research new treatments.
She also thanked everyone who has donated so far, including the loyal customers at Weavers, to help them reach £1,400 with over three weeks still to go before the marathon.
Their ultimate goal, she says, is to collect at least £2,000 for the charity.
She added: “We are both really looking forward to it. It’s such an iconic event.
“Our families are coming down to cheer us on. We are taking it as a chance to enjoy the experience — as much as you can when you are running for four or five hours!”
To donate to their cause, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/HayleyandTrinasLondonMarathon-V-ProstateCancer