A woman from Bow is taking on the Virgin London Marathon on 25 April to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Emily Godden, 26, is also amazingly ‘warming up’ by completing another 26.2 mile challenge - the Paris Marathon on 11 April.
Emily said: "I’ve been training hard since Christmas and I try to run at least three times a week which believe me was not easy during the freezing temperatures!
"I’ve got to admit it’s been tough but I train with a local running club and I’ve stayed focused by entering various half marathons which are a good measure of how you’re improving."
Emily works at the London office of Bluefin. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has been one of the financial services company’s national charity partners for two years and the company is aiming to raise £50,000 this year. When the opportunity came up to run the London Marathon for the charity, Emily jumped at the chance.
"I’m really looking forward to the day now, but I’m slightly concerned how my legs will hold up! After three hours of continuous running it’s the support from the crowd and the thought of those messages on my ‘justgiving’ fundraising page that’ll keep me going.
"It’ll be an emotional journey because of the people that you run with and the stories that they have. I’ll be running in memory of my grandfather and the names of my colleagues’ loved ones who have been affected by leukaemia."
Kate White, Director of Fundraising at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: "Good luck to Emily at the Virgin London Marathon – it’s an amazing challenge to take on. All the money she raises will go towards vital research into better treatments and cures for patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma."