Marathon starting line in sight

A SPONSORED fitness challenge has taken two friends a step closer to their goal of running in this year’s London Marathon.

Clara Moore and Rachael Shaw want to run the race in memory of Mrs Shaw’s daughter, Eden, who died from cancer in April 2008.

But they must raise £3,000 for their chosen charity, Children With Leukaemia, if they are to join other runners on the starting line.

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The duo raised £310 with a six-hour sponsored spin – exercise bike challenge – at Dewsbury Sports Centre, which will be added to money coming in from sales of a calendar.

Mrs Shaw, 41, said: “We were going for six hours non-stop. We didn’t get off the bikes once. Lots of people were asking about Eden and the charity. The time flew.”

The next fundraiser is a concert featuring Britain’s Got Talent finalist Craig Harper, Lisa McKnight, Kevin Curtain and Wishful Thinking.

Mrs Shaw, of St Paulinus Close, Westtown, said: “It’s all coming together. We still need sponsorship for the marathon but we’re confident of meeting the target.

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“I can’t wait to raise money for the charity and to get Eden that gold medal. I don’t ever want a family to go through what we’ve gone through and if I can put a smile on a child’s face or help support the fight against cancer, it helps me.”

Eden’s Evening Part 2 will be held at Hanging Heaton on Wednesday April 13 from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 on the door or from Mrs Shaw on 07515415620.