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Virgin Money London Marathon 2016 bloggers

Introducing our 2016 bloggers!

Meet the runners who shared their training journey to the Start Line on Sunday 24 April 2016 in a series of blog posts.

Amanda Sellers
Age: 50
Location: The Isle of Wight. So many places to run in the countryside; along sea fronts, through woods, across fields. I have been enjoying exploring my neighbourhood and beyond, running as much as I can.
Occupation: I have a busy job that takes me across the country working as the Commissioning Director and Head of Quality for the South for Priory Healthcare. I spend a lot of time in my car and so keeping fit is important to me.
Running history: Ran a little when I was a teenager. Just started as an adult in October 2015 following the decision to stop smoking the day before my 50th in September last year. So you can imagine how my lungs are struggling a little, but it’s so good to have this focus to stop me from smoking again.
Target: To get across the finish line. I know I’m not that fast and so I reckon if I get over the line that’s good enough. If i do it in under five hours I will be pleased.
Loves... pushing myself to inspire others. If I can do it so can anyone!

Louise Henderson
Age: 42
Location: Edinburgh. I moved from the central belt to Stornoway, Isle of Lewis nearly 2 years ago with my husband Rick and my two kids.
Occupation: I work for Police service of Scotland and enjoy living, and working in the Western Isles . I'm really enjoying Island life.
Running history: I am a member of Stornoway running club (SRAC) and train with a fantastic group on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays (when shifts allow ). I have enjoyed athletics since I was about eight and started out with Edinburgh athletics club, training on an ash track. In those days two laps of the track were my limit unless it was cross country - I've always liked a muddy puddle. I've lost count of how many half-marathons I have done. It's a distance I enjoy running. This will be my second full marathon. My first was in Edinburgh 2008 and I vowed never to do another at the time! London has been on my bucket list for some time, and third time lucky I'm in!

Tim Sorrell
Age: 41
Location: Nottingham
Occupation: Activity Planning Manager
Running history: I hated running at school, but somehow got the bug as I got older and now run 5 days a week and about 1000 miles a year. My younger self would probably hate me, especially as I run instead of having lie-ins these days. I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009, but this has made me more determined than ever to keep running because I'm stubborn and refuse to be beaten.
Target: To enjoy myself all the way around and to raise as much money as I can for the MS Trust
Loves... cake, pie and beer. Maybe this is the other reason I run so much....

Visit Tim's fundraising page

Vic Lennard Aboudara
Age: 60
Location: London
Occupation: Maths tutor
Running history: Distance runner in his twenties. Completed his first London Marathon last year but had to walk due to injuries and lack of training.
Target: Finishing this year's event and running at least part of the way.
Loves... The freedom my current lifestyle gives me – plenty of time to train and work on music.
Vic says: I always wanted to run a marathon but illness in my late twenties prevented this. I've had plenty to contend with including chronic fatigue, serious adrenal issues that required seven years of steroids, knee operations, facet joint disease in my lower back (hence raising funds for BackCare) and a ruptured achilles - yet I'm still smiling and as enthusiastic as ever! In 2014 I climbed the three peaks and last year I completed the Virgin Money London Marathon despite having a torn cartilage and struggling with the deaths of both of my parents. This year I've run four 10km events with a best time of just over an hour and next up is the Vitality North London Half Marathon.

Twitter: @viclennard