Teacher and public health professional running the London Marathon for animals and the sick

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ATHLETES across Rugby are gearing up for one of the biggest challenges out there - the Virgin London marathon.

Among those taking part are former Lawrence Sheriff student Graeme Morgan and Newbold Riverside Primary teacher Stuart Walsh.

Graeme, who now works in Coventry in public health awareness, said: “My motivation last time was to run for the Institute of Cancer Research in memory of a friend. Once again embarking on another charity mission, two charities in fact, the MS Society and Crohns and Colitis UK. Both are charities I feel a real affinity towards due to close personal and family ties.”

He added: “Everyone runs the marathon for a reason - I run for those people that can’t and to remind myself how lucky I am. If you feel able to, please sponsor me - whilst you are sitting on your sofa on Sunday April 22 tucking into a yummy bacon sandwich think about me, but more importantly think about the lives you are changing with your donation.”

Despite his allergy to fur, Stuart Walsh is running for veterinary charity, PDSA.

He said: “As an animal lover, it saddens me that pets might not get the treatment they need because their owners can’t afford it. It’s great that PDSA vets and nurses are there for people’s pets in these tough economic times. By running the marathon I hope to help many pets get the veterinary care they need.”

You can donate to Stuart by logging onto www.virginmoneygiving.com/stuwalsh and Graeme by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/GraemeMorgan.