Two good friends from Torquay, Nancy Fowler, 47, and Sam Darke, 50, are taking on the London Marathon together on 23rd April 2017 for the first time.

They are running in aid of United Response - a national disability charity, supporting people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs to live the lives they choose.

Nancy and Sam have been running together for six years. During this time, they have taken on the Great North Run and Torbay Half-Marathon together.

Nancy swore she would never run further than a half-marathon but has been persuaded by her friend to go the extra distance.

Sam wants to tick the challenge off her bucket list during her 50th birthday year.

The pair will join 39,000 runners, hitting the streets of the capital for the most iconic running event in the world.

Commenting on taking on the challenge for United Response, Nancy said:

“United Response seemed like the ideal charity to run for. Sam and I both work in an environment where people are helped to overcome barriers to get into and return to work. I know that United Response provides a range of services for adults and young people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health needs or physical disabilities to find employment. It seemed like a fantastic cause and one we are both passionate about.”

Nancy and Sam are grateful for the generous donations they've received so far, which include a £200 donation from Dacol Services.

To help Nancy and Sam reach their fundraising target, please visit:

To find out more about the event, or to join our cheer station on the day, you can contact Sarah from United Response’s Fundraising team on 0208 879 4987.