London’s calling for Bearbrook runners

Beabrook Running Club's London Marathon team
Beabrook Running Club's London Marathon team
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A dozen athletes from Aylesbury’s Bearbrook Running Club will tackle this weekend’s Virgin London Marathon – and some of them will be raising money for charity.

Around 48,000 runners have entered Sunday’s world famous 26.2-mile race around the streets of London and many will have been training for months to get themselves in tip-top shape.

Flying the flag for Bearbrook Running Club will be Debs Mitchell, who is running in memory of her father Jonny who passed away last year, Selina Jones, Emma Curtis-Smith, who will be hoping to go even faster than her three-hour debut marathon time at the Preston Guild Marathon in October last year, Victoria Broadbent, who is in a rich vein of form after her 90-minute performance at the MK Half Marathon last month, Corinne Rodgers and Ron Simmonds.

Mandy Fox, Kelly Ingram and Mel Pierce will all be running in aid of the Aylesbury-based Lymphoma Association.

The charity is Bearbrook’s nominated cause for 2013 and the trio are bidding to raise in excess of £1,500 by completing the gruelling London course.

Another of the club’s runners Julia Shepherd tackles her first-ever marathon distance in Bearbrook colours, club colleague Rob Michaelson-Yeates is aiming to record a new personal best of less than three hours – his pb currently standing at an impressive 3h 04m 48s. Also raising valuable funds for charity is Mike Lemon.

The father of three is running in aid of the Children with Cancer UK charity and his fundraising target currently stands at £2,000.

Anyone wishing to support Mike can donate by visiting his fundraising web page at

See Herald Sport next week to find out how the Bearbrook team fared.