Chance to run for Ron - and others

PUBLISHED: 12:23 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 26 October 2009

Jean with athletes Tessa Sanderson and Daley Thompson

Jean with athletes Tessa Sanderson and Daley Thompson

WITH the dawn of the new year comes good intentions, a fresh start and, for many, an unwanted paunch that needs shedding. So unpack that running gear that your rather cheeky friend bought you for Christmas and hit the streets because the Flora London Mara

WITH the dawn of the new year comes good intentions, a fresh start and, for many, an unwanted paunch that needs shedding.

So unpack that running gear that your rather cheeky friend bought you for Christmas and hit the streets because the Flora London Marathon is only... 95 days away!

A Times Territory charity is offering places for the April 13 run to keen runners in return for sponsorship.

The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund is looking for volunteers to take on the 26.1 mile route around London to support the future of British Athletics.

Jean Pickering, from Welwyn, started up the fund after the death of her husband, sports commentator Ron, in 1991 and insisted that everyone running for her charity would be "helping future athletics stars grow".

Mrs Pickering, of Wendover Place, said: "By running this year and donating to the fund people will be supporting 16, 17 and 18 year olds that have a real chance to succeed in the 2012 Olympics.

"We usually have people snapping up the entries straight away because places are becoming harder to get.

"But this year we have not had such a response.

"We still have a handful of places available and anyone interested can contact me at jean@rpmf.org.uk"

n Isabel Hospice in WGC will be allocating its charity entries on a lucky dip basis but is appealing to runners who have a place in their own right to run for the hospice.

n Old Hatfield-based Willow Foundation has already allocated its entries, but people can still add their names to a reserve list.

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