The faces and stories of Northampton's runners taking on the London Marathon this weekend

Thousands of runners will be put through their paces at the London Marathon this weekend and will raise millions for charity as they go.

Wednesday, 24th April 2019, 6:22 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th April 2019, 6:33 pm

Here are just 10 stories from Northampton's own hopeful athletes and who they will be thinking of as they measure out the miles on Sunday. Next to each story is a link to their fundraising page where you can donate or find out more about what running the marathon means to them.

Lisa Garrard, 51, from East Hunsbury, will run for Blind Veterans UK in memory of her uncle Arthur Powell, who was a prisoner of war in Japan in WWII. She is training with the help of her local spin class! -
Mathew Rowcliffe, 24, who will run for Team RNIB. He was diagnosed with the hereditary disease Leber's in 2015 that affects his sight - but now he runs marathons with his brother Huw as a guide -

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Ben Adams, pictured with wife Kat, who will run for MIND in memory of Les, his father and landlord of the White Horse pub in Silverstone. Ben wants more people to talk about what they're going through -
Eric Pratt, 33, who will run for children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent in memory of his little sister Rosie. She died in 2016 on the very same day she was diagnosed with cancer -
Trevor Hardwell, 68, who will corss the line with his late wife Ros' palliative care nurse Lisa Whelan, 47. They are raising for Cynthia Spencer Hospice who help Ros in the last years of her life -
Michele Jones, 46, who will run for Sense in honour of her friend's daughter Molly. But not only that, she will pedal the 100-mile Prudential RideLondon-Surrey and the two-mile Swim Serpentine! -
Bradd Collis, from Northampton, who will run for Cynthia Spencer Hospital in memory of his grandma. Bradd has lost over 12 stone in the past seven years and now is ready to take on the marathon -
Stuart Coote, 42, who will run for Parkinson's UK. He will be thinking of his dad Brian, who was diagnosed with the disease 10 years ago but held on to his quality of life with help of the charity -
Craig Stevenson, 30, will run for Coeliac Uk after his seven-year-old daughter Aleeya was diagnosed with the rare condition in 2015. This will be his third marathon -
Lindsay Shenton, who will run for Cancer Research - but also have 12 inches of her hair chopped off at the 12th mile of the marathon as a donation to the Little Princess Trust -