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Women are ready for marathon challenge in aid of good causes

Katie Bangs who is running this year's London Marathon for Spinal Research. EMN-150325-105842001
Katie Bangs who is running this year's London Marathon for Spinal Research. EMN-150325-105842001

Three women from Rutland are preparing to tie on the trainers and line up with thousands on the start line of the London Marathon.

Caroline Gasper, 40, a veterinary surgeon from Rutland, will be among those taking part in the world famous event on Sunday, April 26.

Caroline has run marathons in New York, Berlin, Paris, Dublin and at Rutland Water, but this year will be her 10th marathon, marked by running the London Marathon.

Keen runner Caroline will be running for a charity for the first time this year and has chosen Dogs Trust, a cause close to her heart having worked as a vet for over 16 years.

A member of Stamford Striders, Caroline has a real passion for running.

She said: “I just enjoy doing it! Out of all the places I’ve ran, London is definitely my favourite.

“It’s just an amazing atmosphere, along with the crowds and running past the iconic sites.”

Caroline is hoping to raise £1,500 for the Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, which helps to rescue and rehome thousands of dogs across the UK each year.

An owner of two border terriers, Hector and Otto, Caroline has a real love for caring for animals.

She said: “Dogs Trust is a great charity to support, they help rehome so many stray dogs and I wanted to give something back to them.”

To make a donation to Caroline’s fundraising target please visit her JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/Caroline-Gasper/.

Katie Bangs, aged 24, from Oakham will be running her third London Marathon for Spinal Research in memory of her sister Kimberley, who was born three months premature with Spina Bifida and died shortly after she was born.

Katie, a nurse, never had the chance to meet her sister, who was born a year before Kimberley’s mum gave birth to Katie.

Spinal Research, is a charity that is very close to Katie’s heart and she hopes to raise £3,000 to help raise awareness of Spina Bifida.

Katie, who has previously ran The London Marathon for Meningitis Now, is hoping to complete this years challenge in four hours.

She said: “I’m quite nervous, but you’ve just got to keep going. Spinal Research is a fantastic charity and it is worth the money.”

If you would like to make a donation please visit Katie’s JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/Katie-Bangs2/2.

Janine Donlan, 34, who is a mum to her little girl, Millie-Rose aged five, has been raising money since May last year for the charity Children With Cancer.

Janine, who lost her dad, Tony, 63, to cancer in 2002, has previously raised money for both Cancer Research and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Owner of the Olive Tanning Studio in Oakham, Janine said: “You think you’re invincible until something like this happens and your world is torn apart.

“I’ve realised how precious life is, and having a little girl I wanted to help raise funds for thoes children who have cancer.”

Janine is hoping to raise £5,000 for the charity, to make a donation visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JanineDonlan/

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