Thame woman among mammoth marathon effort

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A Thame runner is joining more than 1,000 others from the Mr Men and Little Miss team at this year’s London Marathon as they attempt to run the equivalent of the earth’s circumference.

The joint run is to mark the 25th anniversary of Children with Cancer UK and Thame’s Tessa Howlett will be one of a huge group trying to run more than 25,000 miles.

Account director Ms Howlett, 42, has spent months preparing for the race and hopes to raise £2,000 for the charity.

Over the past 25 years, what started as a small memorial charity has evolved into a force in paediatric oncology, raising over £150 million pounds for the research and treatment of childhood cancer.

The Mr Men and Little Miss team that Ms Howlett will be part of is one of the largest teams in the marathon.

The runners will be easy to spot in their Mr Happy and Mr Tickle running vests.

Ben Twyman, head of the charity’s events team, said: “It’s a very special year for us and we are thrilled that Tessa has joined our team.

“Whilst we have made great advances over the past 25 years, we are more committed and determined than ever to fund life-saving research and will not stop until all childhood cancer is eradicated.”

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