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Crawley runner tackles a lifetime ambition

A Crawley runner will be tackling a lifetime ambition when he competes in his first London Marathon in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice.

From Press releases - 1 April 2014 12:00 AM

A Crawley runner will be tackling a lifetime ambition when he competes in his first London Marathon in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice.

Lee Butcher, 41, from Southgate, is fulfilling a childhood dream on 13 April when he lines up at the start of one of the world’s largest marathons.

The finance worker at UK Power Networks said: “I watched the marathon on TV as a kid and always wanted to take part. Everyone says how great the atmosphere is so I’m looking forward to that. Running in front of so many people certainly keeps the adrenaline going.”

Lee has clocked up 255 training miles during the last three months and hopes to complete the route in just under four hours, beating the 4hrs5mins he managed in last year’s Brighton Marathon. He said: “My training had been going really well until last week when I popped a calf muscle. I’ve stuck to the bike this week, to give it a rest, and my physiotherapist thinks I’ll be okay.”

Lee has already raised more than £600 for St Catherine’s Hospice, supported by colleagues at work in Hazelwick Avenue, Crawley. He said: “St Catherine’s Hospice does fantastic work with local families at the most difficult time in their lives. Living close to the hospice has brought it home to me how important their work is. I want to help raise as much money as I can.”

Lee’s fund-raising page is at www.virginmoneygiving.com/leebutcher

St Catherine’s Hospice provides care and support to people with progressive life-threatening illnesses and support to their families, friends and carers in Mid Sussex, Crawley, Horsham and East Surrey. www.stch.org.uk