Reasons we run — Lily and James

19 March 2015

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

Lily Forward

Lily FowardAs well as studying mechanical engineering at the University of the West of England, Lily is part of the Bristol University Air Squadron.

The high-flying 21-year-old is one of three generations of family members to have served in the military. She started running three years ago and this will be her first marathon.

Lily has a personal connection to disability, having helped to care for her sister Sarah, who has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. Now Lily wants to make her sister proud by running across the London Marathon finish line.

‘I am very nervous about running the London Marathon but it has always been a personal ambition of mine,’ says Lily, who will be cheered around the course by her friends from university.

‘I chose to run for Leonard Cheshire Disability because my sister has a disability. Leonard Cheshire also served in the RAF so the charity was the perfect match for me.’ — Lily

Anyone wishing to sponsor Lily can do so by visiting her JustGiving page or by texting LILF93 to 70070 followed by the amount — e.g. LILF93 £5.

James Dungate

James DungateJames works for our charity as a database and data resource manager at our London office.

The 32-year-old has pushed his body to the limit to prepare for the marathon and is proud to be the fittest he has ever been.

‘It’s fair to say I’ve taken a few hits in the build up to the run. I had a bout of tendonitis in January and broke a toe recently. I also did an ice bucket challenge to fundraise.

James has been following an intensive regime to get prepared for the race in April. He hasn’t set himself a finishing target for the marathon and will just be thrilled to step over the finish line.

‘I hope finishing before the guy who sweeps the roads after the race will make up for all the pain!’ — James

To help him reach his fundraising target of £1,800, James has arranged a quiz night for his friends and Leonard Cheshire colleagues. He will also put golf skills to the test by offering lessons in return for donations.

Anyone wishing to sponsor James can visit his JustGiving page.

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