A pair of businessmen in north Suffolk have joined forces as they seek to achieve their ambition of conquering the London Marathon for a good cause.
Sam Littleboy, who runs a scaffolding business based in Mellis, and Phil Edwards, owner of the Quiet Acres Boarding Kennels and Cattery in Braiseworth, will tackle the 26.2-mile route in April, in aid of the Sense charity, which helps people of all ages with sensory impairments.
The pair said running their own businesses and supporting their young families made it difficult to fundraise, so they decided to combine their efforts – so far collecting more than £2,500 between them.
Mr Littleboy, who only started running ten months ago,said: “I have always wanted to do the marathon and have applied for a ballot place for the last five years but been unsuccessful.”
Meanwhile, Mr Edwards, whose previous experience was cross country running at school, said: “Its always been a personal ambition of mine to do the London Marathon.
“Sam said he had applied so I thought it was an ideal opportunity for me to as well. It’s been a great excuse to get in to shape and dig out the running shoes again.”
Both men said their training had been going well, with help from Sense’s guide on preparation and nutrition, to get them ready for the big day on April 23.
They have held a number of fundraising events, including a clairvoyance night at The Park Hotel in Diss that alone brought in £1,816, and a prize raffle draw hosted by Mr Edwards’ business, which he said he received a “fantastic response”.
Their next fundraiser is a jumble sale and family fun day at Roydon Village Hall on Sunday, March 19 from 11am, featuring trade stands, games for children and food and drink.
Mr Littleboy added: “Everyone has been so supportive and we are very grateful.
“We would just like to thank everyone for their support and donations so far and continuing up until April to help get us over the finish line.
“Also to our wives, Rachel and Tracey, for their organising of the fundraising events, letting us concentrate on the running.”
To donate to Mr Littleboy, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Samuel-Littleboy
To donate to Mr Edwards, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Phillip-Edwards2