A marathon challenge for Gemma

PUBLISHED: 13:52 03 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009

Gemma Lyon running in the
Flora London Marathon for
DebRA

Gemma Lyon running in the Flora London Marathon for DebRA

A CHARITY has made such an impact on one woman s life that she is now prepared to run 26 miles, 385 yards to support it. Gemma Lyon will take to the streets of our capital for this year s Flora London Marathon to raise funds for DebRA, a charity which sup

A CHARITY has made such an impact on one woman's life that she is now prepared to run 26 miles, 385 yards to support it.

Gemma Lyon will take to the streets of our capital for this year's Flora London Marathon to raise funds for DebRA, a charity which supports EB.

EB is a rare genetic condition which causes the skin to blister and shear at the slightest friction, or even spontaneously.

Gemma, 28, said: "DebRA has been our family's charity for over 10 years, during which time we have held a number of fundrasing events including a sponsored bike ride around Hertfordshire and an annual Christmas carol concert which this year raised over £550."

The Park Lane, Knebworth, resident added: "This is going to be the biggest fundraising event I have taken part in yet.

"I have always wanted to run the London Marathon and this gives me a really good reason to do it.

"I am hoping to complete the run in under four hours, but I'm not a big runner so I don't know how possible that will be.

"I currently train four times a week. I will do two short runs, a medium-sized run and then one long 16-mile run, which will probably increase as the marathon gets nearer." Gemma first heard of DebRA through a friend, and has supported it ever since.

She aims to raise £3,000 by running the marathon, and has currently raised just over £900.

If you want to sponsor Gemma, visit www.justgiving. com/gemmalyon


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