Trade on starting blocks for London Marathon

Trade on starting blocks for London Marathon

Agent John Saddler and Bloomsbury's Rebecca Barden are among book trade figures running in Sunday’s Virgin London Marathon, raising money for a variety of good causes.

Barden, senior commissioning editor at Bloomsbury Academic, will be running to raise money for Help the Hospices on her page.

John Saddler of The Saddler Literary Agency and Consultancy will also be running the London Marathon after tackling the Berlin Marathon last year. He will be raising money for the charity Whizz-Kidz, which provides funds for individualised wheelchairs for disabled children, on his page. He also plans to tackle the Berlin Marathon again this year.

Five runners will also push themselves along the 26-mile course to raise money for The Book Trade Charity (BTBS), which provides support for people from the trade who find themselves in difficulty, both with grants, and subsidised housing in Hertfordshire. Richard Elsley, Gif Jittiwutikarn, Nick Coveney, Tom Catton and his son Alex Catton will all be raising money for the charity via their fundraising page.

Other runners include RHCP sales manager Mat Watterson, whose marathon will complete his personal "Marathon Madness" challenge, which has seen him run a marathon a month for the past year, beginning in April last year with the Paris Marathon. He is raising money on his page for Shooting Star CHASE, which supports children's hospices.

Claire Morris, rights manager at Gregory and Company authors' agents, is also running the marathon, in aid of the Mayor of Southwark's Common Good Trust.