Figures in the trade are readying themselves to run the London Marathon this Sunday (24th April) for their chosen charities.
Andrew Furlow, sales and marketing director at Icon Books, will be running in aid of the Royal National Institute for Blind People.
“I've been a runner for a long time but I've never run anything like as long as 26.2 miles and it's going to be ... hard!" Furlow said. "Please donate anything you can to make my suffering worthwhile... I'm running in the support of the RNIB to help people with sight loss of all kinds. As a voracious reader in particular I value my sight massively and would love to do what I can to help people who don't have the (full) use of theirs.”
Victoria Gilder, publicity director at Biteback Publishing, will be running to raise money for CLIC Sargent, a charity for children with cancer and leukaemia.
Gilder said: “[CLIC Sargent] does brilliant work providing clinical, emotional and practical support to kids and their families. I’m running in memory of my granddad, who we lost to cancer 20 years, in 1996. I’m aiming to raise £2000, and I’d really appreciate your support in helping me get there!”
Alexander Cochran, translation rights agent at Conville & Walsh, will be running to raise funds for Voluntary Service Overseas, an international development organisation that uses volunteers to fight poverty and reduce inequality.
Cochran said: “An incredibly good cause. For which I am running 26.2 miles. Or 42.195km. Or 46,112 yards. Or 209.6 Furlongs. Twenty. Six. Point. Two. Miles. When Pheidippides first ran this distance in 490 BC he dropped dead at the end. So technically this is also a death defying feat. For which I deserve cash donations..."
Good luck to all. If we've missed anyone, please add your details in the comments below