With the London Marathon now under a fortnight away, six members of the Woodbridge Shufflers have been busy training for the race over the winter months. This year Jonathan Barnes, James Cornish, Ian Coxall, Amanda Fraser Fish, Matt Hunt and Katie Start from the club will be running the 26.2 mile course around the streets of London and here are their stories:
Jonathan Barnes: first marathon and running to raise money for EACH.
James Cornish: London will be his fifth marathon and his previous PB is 3:19. This will be his second time at London and has taken nine years to get a place again since he last ran it and will be supported by his wife and son on the day.
Ian Coxall: will be his fifth London Marathon and 24th marathon if he successfully runs the Brighton Marathon the week before. He is targeting Brighton this year and will hopefully be able to enjoy London as well if he runs well at Brighton. His marathon PB is 2:57:00 from Chicago last year and is looking at these marathons as a stepping stone to the Boston Marathon in 2019 which will be his fifth major in his quest to complete all the six World Major Marathons. He also has an ambitious target to complete 50 marathons by the time he is 50 years old ending with the Tokyo Marathon and sixth World Major.
Amanda Fraser Fish: first marathon and aiming to finish it in under 5:15. Running for Ovarian Cancer Action as one of her best friends has ovarian cancer. On target to personally raise £2500 and the team of runners at OCA will together be funding a Research Research Scientist for 1 year at OCA.
Matt Hunt: running his fifth London Marathon and his marathon PB is 2:38:30 from the Valencia Marathon in 2014. He began running in 2012 after racing Motocross for 23 years. Edinburgh was his first marathon in May 2012 where he ran 2:52. After two years of hamstring and Achilles problems he is hoping to get close to his personal best in London this year.
Katie Start: first marathon and running to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease.
Good luck to all the Woodbridge Shufflers running London on the 22nd April 2018!