Reasons we run — Hitchin heroes Arnie and Vicki

20 April 2015

Third in a short series featuring some of the amazing people running this year's London Marathon for our charity.

Gurbir Singh Parmar (AKA Arnie)

Arnie posing with thumbs up in his Leonard Cheshire running kit outside Symonds HouseArnie took up running just three years ago to improve his health, but the 55-year-old is well prepared to tackle the London Marathon next Sunday.

He caught the running bug after being inspired by his wife, and has already completed an impressive 25 half marathons and two full marathons over the last few years.

The event this weekend will be Arnie’s first marathon this year, but he won’t be taking it easy after the race. He has also signed up to take part in the Berlin, Reykjavik and Liverpool marathons! In the last month, Arnie is proud to have finished two half marathons and a 20-mile run.

He will pound the streets of London to raise funds for Symonds House, which supports 20 disabled people in Hitchin.

The father-of-two, who has run his own business in Hitchin for the past 34 years, is passionate about raising awareness of running amongst the Asian community and wants to inspire people to join him and get fit.

‘It is important to me to be healthy and look after myself. As soon as I started running I was addicted.

It was amazing to meet the disabled people who live at Symonds House and knowing that I am taking part for them will spur me on to get to the finish line.’ — Arnie

Arnie will be cheered around the 26.2 mile course by his family and friends, including his daughter who is a GP.

To support Arnie's amazing efforts, visit his JustGiving page.

Vicki Bean

Vicki Bean in her Leonard Cheshire running kitVicki has worked as Referrals Officer at Leonard Cheshire Disability for the last 10 years. She's raising funds for No.1 Lavender Fields, also in Hitchin, which supports 10 disabled people to be more independent and make the most out of their lives.

Although Vicki has never had an ambition to run a marathon, she is looking forward to pounding the streets around the capital and seeing the sights from a different perspective. 

‘I am passionate about children being given the best start in life. I am raising funds for Lavender Fields because I have seen first-hand how the staff support the young people who live there in such a fantastic way.’ — Vicki

To ensure Vicki stays motivated for the endurance challenge ahead, she receives moral support and training advice from her friends. A work colleague has also said he will double his donation if she finishes in under 7.5 hours.

To help her reach her fundraising target of £1,800, Vicki arranged a burrito and quiz night in Hitchin. She is also organising a cake stall in the market square in Hitchin and a ‘guess the name of the bunny’ competition at work.

Sponsor Vicki on her JustGiving page.

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