Wakefield runners ready for London Marathon

Annette Edwards (right) and her sister Donna Barras have lost a combined 10 stone in weight and are running the London Marathon.

Annette Edwards (right) and her sister Donna Barras have lost a combined 10 stone in weight and are running the London Marathon.

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Runners from across Wakefield are getting set for the London Marathon.

Many will travel to the capital city today and tomorrow ahead of the annual fundraiser, which takes place on Sunday.

And among those taking on the challenge will be Stewart Jackson, of Hall Green.

He is raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign as his 12-year-old son William suffers from the condition.

And Mr Jackson will be running in an orange tutu after agreeing to wear the garish outfit if friends and family sponsored him £2,000.

To sponsor him visit www.justgiving.com/Stewart-Jackson1

Lauren Crawley, 32, is putting her best foot forward for Diabetes UK in memory of her sister who lost her life to the disease at the same age.

Ms Crawley said: “The London Marathon is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and to be able to do it for a charity so close to my heart means a lot. Type 1 diabetes is a debilitating and devastating disease and I’m running it for all those people that can’t.”

To sponsor her visit www.justgiving.com/Lauren-Crawley

And Lyndsey Clayton, 36, will raise money for the Leeds Children Transplant Team Trust as her nephew James had to have a liver transplant there at the age of two.

Her fundraising page is at www.virginmoneygiving.com/Lyndsey4James

Other runners from the district include Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls, Wakefield Hospice volunteer Sarah Swift, Richard Eggleston, sisters Annette Edwards and Donna Barras, Katie Brown, of Ossett, Roy Allen, Wakefield Wildcats’ commercial manager Martin Hopkins and Richard Bell and Louis Swithenbank, of Normanton.