PR manager secures London marathon place for Welsh charity

A public relations manager has secured a charity place for the Virgin London marathon in April.

Lisa Durston, who works at Cardiff headquartered PR agency Freshwater, will be running the London marathon on Sunday 22 April to support Cancer Research Wales based at Velindre Hospital.

This will be the second time Lisa has run the London marathon, having also taken part in 2009. She has also completed three half marathons in Cardiff and Bath.

Lisa said: “I am hoping to improve on my previous time of four hours 25 minutes although I do think it will be a tough challenge to pick up the pace.

“I am following a 14-week tailored training plan and looking into local running clubs to get me in shape for race day.”  

The London marathon is one of the biggest running events in the world with 35,000 people expected to pound the street of the capital to tackle the 26.2 mile course. The event has raised over £450 million for charity since it was established in 1981.
Cancer Research Wales charity director Liz Andrews said: “It’s supporters like Lisa who give so much of their spare time to training and fundraising who make all the difference to the charity. All the money she raises in her marathon bid will go straight towards funding groundbreaking research here in Wales. 

“We wish Lisa the best of luck with training plan and the run in April.”  
Lisa has pledged to raise £1,500 for Cancer Research Wales and has arranged a bag packing day at the Sainsbury’s superstore on Colchester Avenue on the 10 March to help her reach her target. She has already raised £200 from donations and a Freshwater bake off competition. 

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