In a month’s time, runners from across the country will take to the streets of the capital for the annual London Marathon to raise community cash for national disability charity United Response.

Joining the crowds on 26th April at 8am will be local women Anna Fawcett and Ellie Smith who are taking part in the epic run for the first time.

Raising funds for the charity, Anna, 22, and Ellie, 23, from Solihull, are hoping to raise thousands of pounds to help support people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs live the life they choose.

Anna and Ellie have been training for the event since May 2014, including running the Shakespeare Autumn Half Marathon and the Robin Hood Half Marathon and will be running the 26 miles as part of the charity’s single biggest fundraiser.

They said:

"We met when Ellie joined Ruckleigh School aged 7, and ran together at Solihull & Small Health Athletics Club well into our teens. Ellie is now studying medicine at Kings College London, while Anna works for a consultancy firm in Birmingham.

“We can't train together but we keep a close eye on each other using a running app, and get quite competitive about who runs the furthest in a week! We'd love to finish the marathon in under 4 and a half hours, but the most important thing is to raise as much money as possible for United Response so they can continue their invaluable work."


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