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Good luck to local charity runners

Good luck to everyone taking part in two of the UK’s premier running events this weekend – the TCS London Marathon and the Wizz Air Cardiff Half Marathon.

Both races take place on Sunday (October 2nd) and we’re especially wishing well to the many local runners taking part for charity.

Among them are Karen Williams of Rhiwbina Tennis Club, who is running London in aid of the British Heart Foundation in memory of her husband Ted, who died aged 43.

KAREN WILLIAMS

Ted was a fit rugby player, farmer, and father of four children. “I want to honour his memory and raise funds by running the London Marathon,” Karen says on her JustGiving page. “I am no athlete, but love running, it has been my sanity at times.”

James Sexton from Rhiwbina is also running the TCS London Marathon – as part of a series of events including the Boston Marathons and Chicago Marathon.

James is running for Cancer Research UK in memory of his father, who died of lung cancer, just four months after his diagnosis.

JAMES SEXTON

“I wanted to do something proactive to help fund the vital research to improve cancer diagnosis and treatment,” said James on his fundraising page.

Closer to home, one of the Rhiwbina Info team, Andy Weltch is running the Cardiff Half Marathon as part of a year-long campaign in aid of Cardiff-based charity Big Moose.

ANDY WELTCH

The money is to help Big Moose provide support for people suffering with their mental health and to prevent suicide. There are details here.

Andy, who only started running in his 50s, will be in the distinctive Big Moose orange spot colours – and probably a tutu!

You can watch the London Marathon live on BBC television. The Cardiff Half starts and finishes in the Civic Centre. Its most northerly part of the route is around Roath Park and its lake.

Good luck to Karen, James, and Andy – and everyone else who’s running this weekend.

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