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Four islanders to compete in London Marathon


Four Isles of Scilly residents will take part in the 38th London Marathon on Sunday.

Martin Douglas will compete for the fifth time, running in aid of Children with Cancer.

He told This is Scilly: "I am looking forward to getting on with it now but concerned about the weather as it's looking hot and having done all the training in wind, rain, cold, not to mention snow, it could be a bit of a shock to the system."

He added that he has raised £2,000 and "would like to thank everyone who has sponsored me".

Meanwhile, Bryony Lishman is running as part of her family's fundraising efforts for Diabetes UK (support the Lishmans here).

She said that she is feeling "quite chilled" at the moment, "but every now and then the anticipation and adrenaline kick in".

She added: "It’s such an incredible and uplifting atmosphere on the day and I can’t wait to take it all in. It’s great there are a few from Scilly, the islands are well represented and four different charities are being supported.

"Every individual that runs will be holding someone close in their heart, or digging deep for some extra motivation to keep them going, but the crowd are just amazing and help keep spirits high."

James Stedeford from Bryher will run for Contact A Family on Sunday after injury forced him to abandon his plans last year. Amelia Mills from St Mary's will also take part in aid of the RNLI (support Amelia here).

More than 40,000 people are expected to participate in this year's Virgin Money London Marathon.

The Marathon's medical director Sanjay Sharma today advised runners to abandon heavy costumes as weather forecasts are predicting record temperatures of 23C. The previous highest temperature for the race was 22.2C in 1996 and 2007.

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