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Marathon task ahead for Cubley under-graduate

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

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IN the final year at university, free time is often hard to come by, but a student from Cubley is putting it to good use by training for the London Marathon.

Amy Woods will be running the race with one of her Harper Adams university colleagues, Gareth Parker, to raise money for the Lymphoma Association, a charity that supports people affected by lymphatic cancer.

The race, which takes place on Sunday, April 13, is extremely competitive, with around three applications per place available.

As part of their training schedule, the pair have been road running three to four times a week and spending time in the gym.

BSc (Hons) Agri-food Marketing with Business Studies student Amy, said: “We are both into fitness and each ran a marathon last year, so you could say that we like a challenge.

“I had said that I wouldn’t run another marathon, but here I am, signed up again.

“That being said, I believe that if I can complete this, I can achieve anything.

“I’m anxious but really excited and can’t wait to run in our capital city.”

22-year-old Gareth, from Ludlow, studies BSc (Hons) Rural Enterprise and Land Management.

He said: “Running the London Marathon is on my ‘bucket list’ of things to achieve in my life.

“I’m really buzzing and super ready for the race.

“I know what to expect from the marathon as I ran last year, so I hope to go and thoroughly enjoy the experience.

“Our friends and families are planning to come and watch us, and we’ll be having a big celebration on Monday once it’s all over.”

Further information about the pair’s efforts and how to sponsor them is available online at www.justgiving.com/takingonthevirgin-londonmarathon

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