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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Cumbrian action girl Helen Skelton to run London Marathon

Helen Skelton will take on the latest in a long line of challenges when she runs the London Marathon tomorrow.

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Helen Skelton

The Cumbrian BT Sports presenter took part in the same event five years ago but has managed even more impressive feats more recently.

She became the second woman ever to complete the gruelling 78-mile Namibia ultra marathon, finishing in 23 hours and 45 minutes.

And in 2010 she kayaked the length of the Amazon River, embarking on the 2,010 mile trip on her own.

This year she’s competing in the marathon to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

On Twitter she wrote: “Going to be relying on mental strength a lot this weekend! Good luck everyone involved.”

And on her JustGiving page she said: “I have taken on some of the world’s biggest challenges, but when it came to running the Virgin Money London Marathon there was only one charity I wanted to run for.

“Cancer Research UK is the only charity fighting over 200 types of cancer, and their work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has seen survival rates double in the last 40 years.”

The former Blue Peter presenter is not the only one strapping on her running shoes tomorrow

Copeland MP Jamie Reed has already raised more than £550 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Mr Reed’s life was saved by the NHS after he was rushed to Whitehaven’s West Cumberland Hospital four years ago and was diagnosed with type one diabetes.

Brampton resident Ruth Forster, 24, is raising money for Kidney Research UK in memory of her father Geoff, who benefited from two kidney transplants.

Carlisle United groundsman Ged Briggs is determined not to let a painful injury put a halt to his run. The 35-year-old Botcherby resident suffered a calf spasm while training but says he will push on.

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