RUNNERS from around the city will be pushing themselves to the limit during the London Marathon on Sunday.
Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls will become the first cabinet or opposition cabinet member to take to the capital’s streets for the 42km slog.
The shadow chancellor hopes to raise £50,000 for Whizz Kids and Action for Stammering Children.
Michael Richmond, 63, owner of Richmond Butchers in Sandal and Ossett, and Matthew Stephenson, 47, Sandal Rugby Union Club’s junior coach, are two of nine people running for Wakefield Hospice.
Mr Richmond said: “The hospice has been a tremendous help and support to my family.
“I have been blessed with very good health and am so grateful to have been given this opportunity to help those less fortunate.”
Others running for the hospice include Giles Brighton, Anthony Carter, Sean Grady, John Horvath, Nicola O’Neil, Daniel Donnelly and Adam Foster.
Emma Kelly, 41, from Ossett, is preparing to cross the finish line to raise money for Beating Bowel Cancer, after losing her dad, Bob Taylor, to the disease.
Mrs Kelly said: “I wanted to do it partly for the achievement for myself. But I want to run in my dad’s footsteps, and the main reason is to push the charity.”
Jo Lockwood, 33, from Outwood, is also getting her running kit on and raising money for Team PB – a charity that has teamed up the Prostate Cancer Charity and Breast Cancer Care.
Mrs Lockwood said: “Members of my family have suffered with breast cancer and being at high risk of having this illness in the future, I felt I wanted to give something back.”
Diabetes UK is also being supported during the race with first-time runner Jacquie Walker, 57, from Sandal, who is taking on the challenge in memory of her dad, who suffered with the condition.
The race will see a family effort from Michaela Mein, 24, and her dad William, 50, from Ossett, who are hoping to raise £2,000 for Leukaemia CARE.
Lisa Vercelli, 34, from Netherton, has set up running group Born to Run Netherton as part of her fundraising efforts and preparation for the big race.
She set it up as part of charity Save the Children’s campaign to inspire people to run, while raising money for impoverished children worldwide.
It will continue running and fundraising after Mrs Vercelli has ran the marathon.
The runners have sponsor pages on www.justgiving.com and www. virginmoneygiving.com