A WOMAN is taking on the London Marathon next month to raise money for a charity that has supported her grandfather.
Marie Manning, originally from Llanfairfechan, will be running the world famous course on April 23 on behalf of the Blind Veterans charity which has supported her grandfather, Hywel, since last May.
The 38-year-old said: “He’s a blind veteran himself and lives in North Wales, and as a result has received so much support from the charity’s Llandudno Centre. They’ve basically given him another life. Without them, he’d be massively restricted in terms of where he could go.
“I wanted to do something that truly meant something to me and my whole family. My grandfather’s immensely proud of me for doing it, I’m just raring to go now.”
Marie’s appreciation for the men and women who serve our country also stems from her husband’s own military career, himself having been in the Army Air Corps as a WO2 helicopter pilot for 26 years.
It was thanks to her husband that Marie finds herself in preparation for the 26 mile challenge.
“He’s been trying to get a place for years. So when he went to enter for this one, I did so mainly to get a training top. Eventually I got a place but he didn’t, so I didn’t really have much of a choice at that point.”
Marie has embarked on a grueling training schedule, losing three stone.
“I’m starting to get really excited now; training’s going well and I’ve already ran 25 miles, so I know that getting round the course won’t be a problem.”
To support Marie visit justgiving.com/ fundraising/Marie-Manning1.