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A teacher from Nescot is running the London Marathon this Sunday (October 2) to help raise money for the Teenager Cancer Trust.

Neil McDonnell, who is Head of Electrical and Motor Vehicle, is aiming to collect at least £2,000 for the charity, which offers care and support for young people.

“The London Marathon is an iconic event, so I’m looking forward to the experience,” Neil said. “I’m hoping to raise as much as I can for the Teenage Cancer Trust for the amazing work they do.”

Neil started running long distances this year, after setting himself a list of things he wanted to do before he turned 50.

He aimed to take part in one marathon, but after running the Brighton Marathon in April in a time of 4:25 he said he ‘got the bug’.

Marathons in Rome and Vienna followed, as well as one in Stockholm the day before his 50th birthday. He has also done half-marathons in Shere and Reigate, as well as ‘trail’ marathons on uneven ground.

Neil’s new goal is to run five city marathons, and he is planning to take part in marathons in Amsterdam, Barcelona and Paris in the spring, as well as taking on some ‘ultra’ marathons next year.

You can sponsor Neil by clicking here. You can watch coverage of the London Marathon live on the BBC from 8.30am. The mass participation event starts from 9.30am, with runners starting in groups from 9.40am until 11am.

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