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Runner Glenn races for cancer cash

Spurred on by the death of his grandfather, Essex runner Glenn Marsh is sprinting towards his target of raising hundreds of pounds for a national cancer charity.

From Press releases - 12 May 2014 12:00 AM

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Spurred on by the death of his grandfather, Essex runner Glenn Marsh is sprinting towards his target of raising hundreds of pounds for a national cancer charity.

Glenn, who works at UK Power Networks’ office in Ipswich, has already completed a 10-kilometre run in Richmond, London, and a half marathon in Milton Keynes in the space of two weeks in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. His final run will be the 10-kilometre Bupa Great Manchester Run on May 18.

The 20-year-old customer advisor, who lives in Mersea Road, Colchester, said his grandad Harold Leaver, from Lawford, died from cancer in 2009.

“Since I lost my grandad I’ve wanted to raise money in memory of him.”

“I have always been a really sporty person and played a lot of football. I was looking at MacmiIlan’s events and entered the Manchester 10k but after entering I found I was really enjoying the training. I wanted to do more to raise money for a fantastic cause so I entered the Milton Keynes half marathon and the Richmond 10k run.”

The former Gilberd School pupil added: “My initial target was to raise £250 but due to a fantastic response I have already surpassed that and I’m now hoping to raise £500.”

Glenn will be running alongside his UK Power Networks customer service colleague Kate Slack, from Felixstowe.

Kate, who is running with her boyfriend, Tim, is raising money for Cancer Research as Tim’s mum has just been given the all-clear from the disease.

The 25-year-old, from Trimley St Mary, said: “I went to the University of Manchester and while I as there I always wanted to take part in the Manchester run so now I have the chance.

“I would be happy if I could raise £100 but any money at all would be worth giving to Cancer Research.”

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East, will add another £100 to both Glenn’s and Kate’s total as part of its match funding scheme.

This year, as part of its vision to be a respected Corporate Citizen and an Employee of Choice, the company is supporting staff and the charities that are important to them by match funding the money they raise up to a value of £100. This year it has set aside £50,000 for the match funding scheme.

If you wish to help Glenn raise as much money as he can for MacMillan, you can donate via the website: www.justgiving.com/Glenn-Marsh. If you wish to help Kate reach her £100 target for cancer research, you can donate via http://www.justgiving.com/kate-slack1.