On your marks! Runners ready for 26-miles of capital punishment at the London Marathon

John McGarel and Emma Beck.
John McGarel and Emma Beck.

This Sunday will see thousands of distance runners, fundraisers and amateur competitors take on the London Marathon.

And that includes athletes from our area too.

Among those putting themselves through more than 26-miles of capital punishment will be Louise Brown, head of sixth form at Boston Grammar School.

“It’s been really difficult to prepare as I’m no athlete. It’s a massive challenge, but I’ve been training hard,” said Lousie, 44, who entered for the first time last year.

“I’m looking for improvement, but it’ll still take me about six hours - it’s a day’s work.”

Louise says there are two reasons why she returning to the marathon this year - to show her students that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and, most importantly, in honour her nephew Adam, who lost his battle with leukaemia as a nine-year-old.

She is aiming to raise £1,500 for Children with Cancer UK (you can sponsor her at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LouiseBrown).

“It’s a cause close to the family’s heart and it is making a difference,” Louise added.

“I also work at a school and I’m always banging on about how you should always keep challenging yourselves to the pupils, so I thought I’d have to show them that I could do something which seems completely impossible.

“I’m rubbish at everything sporting.”

Lori Borbely.

Lori Borbely.

One person who sees sport as second nature is Boston Town player and caretaker manager Lori Borbely.

He will be running to raise funds for the VICTA charity which helps blind and partially-sighted children (uk.virginmoneygiving.com/loriborbely) as he takes on his first-ever marathon.

“I had the chance to run the marathon for a great cause so I knew I had to do it,” said Lori, who wants to raise £2,000.

“The training is very different to football but I’m getting used to it.

It’s been really difficult to prepare as I’m no athlete. It’s a massive challenge, but I’ve been training hard.

Louise Brown

“The London Marathon is one of those things you see on TV and always think ‘I would love to do that’.”

Emma Beck and John McGarel are no strangers to the 26-mile distance, having completed the USA’s Boston Marathon together last year.

They took on the race alongside John’s sister Sarah, who was half a mile away from completing the course in April, 2013, when two bombs were detonated on the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 250 others.

This week they will try out the London course for the first time.

Emma, who works as a trauma nurse, is hoping to raise £1,500 for the Trauma and Orthopaedic Department at Pilgrim Hospital for the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charitable Funds (uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmmaBeck) while John has set a target of £2,000 for Cancer Research UK (uk.virginmoneygiving.com/johnMcGarel).

Louise Brown.

Louise Brown.