Sisters set for marathon task

PUBLISHED: 13:09 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009

Emily and Charlotte Smith

Emily and Charlotte Smith

SISTERS insist they will put any sibling rivalry apart and will not be competing against each other when they take part in this year's Flora London Marathon. Emily and Charlotte Smith, from Mardley Wood, Welwyn, are running to raise funds for Aspire.

SISTERS insist they will put any sibling rivalry apart and will not be competing against each other when they take part in this year's Flora London Marathon.

Emily and Charlotte Smith, who are from Mardley Wood, Welwyn, are running to raise funds for Aspire, one of the country's leading spinal cord injury charity.

They are running in aid of one of their friends who was injured while playing rugby.

But Emily, who is currently studying sports science at Loughborough University, said the duo will not even be running together in the event, on April 13.

She said: "Charlotte and I have been comparing training tips but I don't think we will run much of it together as Charlotte is aiming for a faster time and is likely to finish quite a bit before me.

"But she promises to wait at the end!"

The 22-year-old added: "Aspire helped a rugby player who was injured during a game at my university and I have been able to see firsthand the benefit and good work that Aspire do to help people get a more independent life."

Charlotte, 27, a sponsorship and events co-ordinator; said she's been rigorously preparing for the 26-mile, 385-yard, trek.

"I ran the Brighton Half Marathon about two weeks ago which is the first half marathon I have ever done and I really enjoyed it.

"I've got the Kingston 16 mile run soon which should be a good indicator for the marathon.

"I have chosen the Aspire charity because I know someone who has been severely injured playing rugby so it seemed the perfect charity to run for."

Aspire spokesman Andrew Ogierman said: "The efforts of marathon runners will help change the lives of those who, through their spinal cord injury, may never run or walk again.

"Every pound they raise really will help to make a difference. We can't thank them enough."

To sponsor the sisters contact Andrew on 0208 420 8951 or andrew.ogierman@aspire.org.uk or visit www.justgiving.com/emilysmith2


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