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Team Pilgrims builds up for London Marathon

Posted on 8 February 2013

Team Pilgrims – the group of keen runners taking part in the London Marathon in April to raise money for Pilgrims Hospices – is getting into great shape as the big event beckons.

Jayne Dunsbee, Lucinda Cavalier, Ella Brocklebank and her husband Ben Trott – who will be running Edinburgh Marathon in May for Pilgrims – met this week to show off their Team Pilgrims vests and enjoy a gentle, but slightly chilly, workout. Nigel Ross-Hunt and Tom Langlands are the other members of the five strong team.

Jayne, from Ash near Sandwich, is a long standing fundraiser and volunteer with Pilgrims providing complementary therapies at the hospice in Canterbury and at the outreach group in Dover. She has set herself a target of raising £2,000 from the marathon and is already halfway there.

Jayne said: “I’m not aiming for a specific finish time, I just want to complete it and enjoy every minute of it. I might even don fancy dress for the event to raise more money – I’m open to ideas from people!”

Lucinda is a student at the University of Kent studying Human Resources and was inspired to run for Pilgrims after her grandfather was cared for by the charity.

She said: “I didn’t know very much about Pilgrims until then.  I signed up for the Light Up The City event last year and I’m hoping that by running in the marathon I’ll be able to help younger people have a better idea of what Pilgrims does. That’s already happening as I ask university friends to sponsor me.

“London will be the first marathon I’ve ever run and I’m super-excited. It was a great surprise to be invited to join the team so soon after Light Up The City.”

London Marathon is one of 13 events that Ella is taking throughout year to raise money for Pilgrims. She has already run the Barretts Canterbury 10 mile event – completing in a creditable one hour 20 minutes – and will also be joining in the Cycle Challenge in May. Later in the year she is planning to cycle and run a 75 mile route between Pilgrims three hospices.  You can read all about Ella’s Magic 13 Challenge here.

Ella is being more than capably supported by husband Ben who is himself no mean athlete and will be running the Edinburgh Marathon a month after London.

He said: “I’m very much enjoying the preparation for my marathon and supporting Ella with her Magic 13 events and it’s great to see how the money raised is being used to care for Pilgrims patients.”

We hope to bring you updates soon on how Nigel and Tom are preparing for London Marathon.


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