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Amazing Bridgnorth Marathon Runners

Bridgnorth is fielding a strong set of runners at this weekend’s London Marathon.

A total of 10 people from the town will be travelling down to the capital to compete in the event.

Gemma Brown, Lauren Draper, Bill Hammerton, Jennie Oxley, Matt Spinks, Martin Summers and Nina Twigger, as well as Bridgnorth legend and honorary club member Dana Power, are all representing Bridgnorth Running Club as well as Sarah Pearce (from Mike and Sarah’s Butchers) and Claire Mathias (who is running her second marathon in 14 days having completed the Paris marathon on 8 April) in what is known as the world’s greatest race.

Bridgnorth Running Club chairman Scott Mathers said that this was a fantastic achievement and he hoped as many people from the town as possible would be following their progress.

He commented: “It is most runner’s ultimate ambition to take part in the London Marathon so they are extremely lucky to have places and we are really looking forward to hearing all about their experiences. Some of them are raising thousands of pounds for charity by competing.”

One of the most poignant and inspirational stories is that of mum Gemma Brown, who will be running her first ever marathon. Gemma lost her son Cameron 10 years ago when he suffered a fatal Asthma attack. She and her husband Ashley have been fundraising tirelessly for Cameron’s Fund AsthmaUK – to raise awareness of this devastating condition ever since.

Anyone interested in tracking the runners as they follow the 26.2 mile route around the capital on Sunday can download the Virgin Money London Marathon app and enter their names.

More than 40,000 people, including some of the world’s leading athletes and a range of celebrities, will run in the event, which will be officially started by The Queen at 10am.

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