RUNNERS across Wirral will be donning their trainers to take part in the Chester marathon.
The 26-mile event returns for its fourth year this Sunday (October 6) with Wirralians running the gauntlet to help raise over £1million for charity.
Taking on the challenge are Jon Mayhew from Neston, Colin Ratcliffe of Moreton, Greasby’s Elizabeth Danson, Julie Smith from Wallasey, Tony McDonough of Birkenhead, and Christina Walton from Moreton.
Jon Mayhew, 49, entered the race for his daughter, Sally, who developed epilepsy when she was 12.
He said: “Epilepsy had a devastating impact on Sally’s cognitive skills and she has so many injuries from her falls.
“My wife and I are 50 this year and decided to do something active to raise funds for Epilepsy Action and Operation Smile.
“As I've run a few marathons in the past, London and a few Snowdons, so I volunteered to run one more 26.2 mile race.”
Colin Ratcliffe, 45, has lost over five stone in weight in 18 months, and ran two half marathons – Glasgow Great Scottish Run and Liverpool Half Marathon.
The dad-of-two added: “Over past 18 months, I have lost over five stone in weight, ran two half marathons, three Wirral Bikeathons and the Wirral Coastal Walk twice.
“Now I want to progress to the full marathon as the time is right.
“I will also be doing the Wirral Half Marathon on October 13.
“So far I have raised over £2,100 for charities, including Save the Children, Clatterbridge Cancer charity and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
“I work for Lloyds Bank so this marathon will be in aid of their charity of the year, Alzheimer's UK and Alzheimer's Scotland.”
Julie Smith will raise money for his nephew’s charity, the Tom Church Foundation.
She added: “My nephew, Tom Church, was involved in an road accident and had to have his left leg amputated above the knee.
“He has set up a charity, Tom Church Foundation, to raise money to help amputees back to full mobility, using the latest electronic prosthetic technologies with the aim of achieving a full or better life.”
Tony McDonough will be running this for his wife, Yvonne, to raise money for the Lymphoma Association.
He said: “I have manage to lose 10 stone in a year and half.
“I’ll be running for the Lymphoma Association, who helped my wife Yvonne when she was ill.”
Christina Walton will be raising money for Clatterbridge Oncology for her friend, who has just beaten cancer.
Elizabeth Danson is running the marathon in memory of her late husband, who passed away 10 years ago.