London Marathon 2017: Animal charity and disability service to benefit from trio of Norfolk runners

Husband and wife Claire and Adam Becket who are running the 2017 London Marathon in aid of the Dogs

Husband and wife Claire and Adam Becket who are running the 2017 London Marathon in aid of the Dogs Trust. Picture: CLAIRE BECKETT - Credit: CLAIRE BECKETT

A dedicated trio of people are pulling on their trainers for the London Marathon for health and animal charities.

The 26.2 mile race in the capital is happening on April 23 and attracts thousands of runners.

Couple running for animal charity

Husband and wife Claire and Adam Beckett, 44 and 46, from Norwich Road in Stoke Holy Cross, are tackling this year's London Marathon for the first time for the Dogs Trust.

Lucy Phoenix in training for the London Marathon. Picture: SENT IN BY THE LEONARD CHESHIRE DISABILIT

Lucy Phoenix in training for the London Marathon. Picture: SENT IN BY THE LEONARD CHESHIRE DISABILITY CHARITY - Credit: SENT IN BY THE LEONARD CHESHIRE DISABILITY CHARITY


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Mrs Beckett, who runs a property management business in Norwich, admits to being a dog fanatic.

She also wants to raise money for the Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity which has 21 centres including one at Snetterton, because her late mother was a big supporter of the worthy cause.

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Mrs Beckett's mother, Dawn Wickham, 65, from Cringleford, died from cancer in May 2016 and watched the London Marathon on television every year.

The 44-year-old said: 'My mother would have been immensely proud of me running the marathon. It is going to be hard and emotional.'

She aims to finish the race in under five hours and has raised £1,200 for the Dogs Trust so far.

'I do so much for my two pet dogs and I want to do as much as I can for others,' Mrs Beckett added.

Her husband hopes to do it in under 4 hours 30 minutes.

To donate visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/AdamBeckett

Solicitor running for disability charity

Former Mulbarton resident Lucy Phoenix, 30, from London, is running the marathon for the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity.

The charity runs The Grove care home on Scott's Hill, Norwich.

Miss Phoenix is running to honour her late grandmother Audrey Holland who volunteered at The Grove for 52 years before her death in 2015.

She was awarded the League of Mercy medal by the Queen aged 90 for her service.

Miss Phoenix said: 'I have seen first-hand the difference the charity makes to the residents' lives and I would like to try and make a contribution myself. I'd love it if my fundraising helped to enhance the residents' lives.'

To donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Idiots155

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