Chichester runners are off to the London Marathon

Jane Cawte, Lisa Bray and Claire Cobden  - 3rd, 4th and 5th from right will be running the London Marathon on Sunday
Jane Cawte, Lisa Bray and Claire Cobden - 3rd, 4th and 5th from right will be running the London Marathon on Sunday

THE terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon will not deter our local heroes from taking to the nation’s capital to complete the gruelling London Marathon.

A whole host of dedicated runners are still taking up the opportunity to take to the nation’s capital in a bid to complete the 26-mile challenge and raise funds for good causes.

Among the hundreds of keen runners are a host of participants from Chichester.

Sunday’s marathon will be a family affair for three woman teaming up for the ultimate endurance test.

Sisters Claire Cobden, teacher at Lavant House School will be running alongside older sister Lisa Bray, 27 and mum Jane Cawte, 54.

The trio are fundraising for the Lymphoma Association in support of their friend who was diagnosed with the disease last year, as well as for the Youth Sports Trust.

Claire said the team will run for Geoff Wickens and their charities, but also in memory of the Boston runners.

“It is awful what happened, I can’t imagine it. The organisers will be handing out black ribbons which we will wear. We feel that we should run it for them.

“It’s one of those things if you didn’t do it and if you are worried about what would happen you wouldn’t do anything. It’s awful what happened in Boston but we couldn’t not run it now after we have done all the training.”

‘Team Wicko’ will be joined by Jo Card and Jo North, making a marathon effort for Love Your Hospital, a charity that support St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester to run a specialist baby unit.

Other local runners include sisters Tracy Austin and Michelle Crowley, Simon Jasinski and Kenny Smith.