Three members of St Neots-based technology Cohort company MASS are running this year's Virgin London Marathon to raise money in memory of a colleague who died from Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Rob Jones, Taph Willumsen and Matt Spry are already well on their way to reaching their fund-raising target of £6,000 for the Lymphoma Association as a way of saying thanks to the fantastic specialists, doctors, nurses and care assistants who took great care of their colleague. He passed away last year after battling the disease for over ten years.
This will be Rob's second London marathon, again raising money for the Lymphoma Association, and he is hoping to better his total last year of £3,400. Rob has found the training more difficult this year but he remembers the amazing support he received and like Matt hopes the atmosphere on the day will help him complete the grueling challenge.
Matt has previously tackled two marathons over three days in support of a Sheffield hospital children's hospital ward. He explained: "We thought it would be a great way to say thanks to the fantastic care team who looked after our former colleague and, after training hard, we're all determined to reach our target."
Taph was a keen rugby player for many years and mainly focused on short distance running. He hasn't completed a full marathon before but already has his eyes set on New York and Berlin marathons as well as other more adventurous challenges including mountainous/desert terrain.
The trio have already raised nearly £2000 and appreciate any donations to support the Lymphoma Association through their fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/1yearon