Run-up to the big one!

A ROYSTON Runner is in training for his first Flora London Marathon. Paul Haynes, 29, left, of Shaftesbury Way, will be running the 26-mile course in April in aid of The Anthony Nolan Trust which helps people with leukaemia. He said: The charity is close

A ROYSTON Runner is in training for his first Flora London Marathon.

Paul Haynes, 29, left, of Shaftesbury Way, will be running the 26-mile course in April in aid of The Anthony Nolan Trust which helps people with leukaemia.

He said: "The charity is close to my heart because my wife's grandfather died of the disease."

Mr Haynes who is on the bone marrow donor register, started running just a year ago and has already run three half-marathons and hopes to do another three before the gruelling London marathon.


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He said: "I am excited about doing the marathon, but the hardest thing is the training - I'm running four to five times a week.

"I am, however, enjoying it, and haven't lost motivation."

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Mr Haynes hopes to raise £1,500 for the charity, which helps find life-saving donors for patients in need of bone marrow.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Mr Haynes should call him on 01763 243954 or 07725053309.

Alternatively, Paul can be contacted by e mail at: paul.rhaynes@talktalk.net

For more information about the Anthony Nolan Trust visit www.anothonynolan.org.uk

A FIREMAN will be putting on his chef's apron to cook breakfast for villagers in a bid to raise £2,000 for a charity which helps support children with leukaemia.

Sean Comerford, 42, left, of Steeple Morden, will be cooking full English breakfasts at Steeple Morden Village Hall on February 4 and hopes to raise the money for Children With Leukaemia before he takes part in his third Flora London Marathon.

Mr Comerford, who is a member of Royston Runners has been training three times a week in preparation for the event.

He said: "My first marathon was the most painful experience of my life, but crossing the finishing line is what you go for."

When asked how many more marathons he plans to do, he said: "I plan to do one at a time!"

Mr Comerford will also be holding two children's discos at Litlington Village Hall for Children With Leukaemia.

There will be food and games for children up to six years old, and half the money raised at the event will be donated towards the Robin Playgroup in Steeple Morden.

The discos will take place on March 10 from 10am-noon, and 1pm-3pm. Entry will be £5.

Breakfast on February 4 will be held from 9am-noon and will cost £5 per person.

If anyone would like to sponsor Mr Comerford or would like more information about either of the above events, call him on 01763 852808 or 07971 963350.

Anyone who would like to join the Royston Runners should call Maurice Hill on 01763 241182.

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