London Marathon 2013 runners from Rugby: who to sponsor and cheer on the 26-mile challenge

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50-year-old Graham Berridge from Pailton is running for the Starlight Children’s Foundation - a national charity that grants the once-in-a-lifetime wishes of seriously and terminally ill children and provides entertainment in hospitals and hospices. Graham took on a bet two years ago to prove that 50 is the new 30 and complete the 2013 London Marathon in 3 hours. Over 2,000 miles later the bet is still on - albeit Graham admits that some negotiation on the finish time may be needed.

There are currently six seriously ill children in Warwickshire waiting to have their once-in-a-lifetime wishes granted and, by running the London Marathon for Starlight, Graham will be helping to make their dreams come true. He said: “Reading about the work that Starlight does to bring entertainment and distraction to seriously and terminally ill children really moved me and I really couldn’t think of a better and more deserving charity to support.”

Marathon runner Gary Masters

Marathon runner Gary Masters

To sponsor Graham, please see uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Grahamberridge.

Gary Masters, 30, who works at St Cross hospital, will be running for Micro and Anophthalmic Children’s Society (Macs) - a charity that helps children born with no (or under-developed) eyes. He said: “A friend of mine at work told me about the charity as her niece’s child has it. I did the marathon in 2011 and loved it, I can’t wait to get out there again and raise money for a good cause, plus I’ve trained a lot harder and learnt a lot from the last marathon. I love my running and couldn’t be without it. Thanks to everyone who has sponsored me, the money’s going to a great cause, from what I’ve heard what Macs so is amazing.”

To sponsor Gary visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/garymasters13.

Daniel O’Toole, 24, will be running for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust once again this year after completing the challenge last year and raising hundreds of pounds.

Daniel, Lawford Road company Stepnell, who works at has to take more than 40 tablets every day, breathe in special drugs through nebulisers and do physiotherapy to keep his lungs clear. His aim is to raise as much money as possible for the trust and to raise awareness about the disease. So far he has raised well over £2,300.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is caused by a defective gene that results in the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, becoming clogged with thick sticky mucus resulting in chronic infections and inflammation in the lungs and difficulty absorbing food. Daniel said: “Having CF has never stopped me from achieving my goals - if anything it has made me push myself further. Some people with CF would be much too ill to take part in an event like this so I want to use my relative good health to help them.

“If I can inspire even one person to join me and fundraise for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust I’ll be thrilled.”

To sponsor Daniel please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DanielOToole.

Carol Mansell, 55, has already completed the London marathon three times, and this time, like Gary Masters, she’ll be running for Micro and Anophthalmic Children’s Society (Macs).

Carol, who works at Tesco Distribution in Crick, said: “This a very worthwhile charity and greatly helps the affected children and their families. I really appreciate everyone’s support and thank you to everyone who has donated. 
I’m hoping to raise £1,300 and every donation helps - I 
have been training hard for the marathon and have run 
it a previous the times, although this will be my last London Marathon as I’m now 55.”

To sponsor Carol, pick up a sponsor form from Clifton Village Stores or visit virginmoneygiving.com/CarolMansell.