4th Dec, 2016

Binley resident prepares to tackle debut marathon in London

Shaun Reynolds 20th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TACKLING the London Marathon is just one of two target on a Coventry resident’s mind as she aims to raise over £1,700 for charity.

24-year-old Jessica McDonnell is currently in the middle of training for the 26.2 mile event to be held in the twisting streets of London at the end of April.

An office worker by trade at Blythe Liggins solicitors in Leamington Spa, Jessica will be ditching the keyboard for running shoes and plenty of water whilst she raises funds for Whizz Kids – a charity that provides mobility equipment for disabled children.

The former Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School pupil has never tackled a marathon before, though she’s hoping a large crowd can help her complete the full distance.

Jessica said: “I’ve been training for the past few months so the day doesn’t hit me as hard as it could.

“I’m completed the Wolf Run and have half marathons in Coventry, Silverstone and Warwick coming up so there’s plenty of boxes to be ticked before the big day.

“This is my first full marathon and running in London will be amazing, usually crowds will disappear after six miles in races I’ve competed in before – however that isn’t going to be the case come April.”

Jessica’s marathon attempt will be done in the company of her brother, Jonny, who is also raising funds for Whizz Kids – a charity close to their hearts.

Jessica added: “We’re both raising a minimum of £1,700 and are already well on the way to achieving that sum.

“We’ve organised quizzes at work and done sweepstakes which have proved popular.

“I watch the London Marathon on TV every year and always wish I could do it – now I can and I’m going to be raising money for a great cause at the same time.

“Our family and friends have supported us tremendously, we cannot thank them enough for their support.”

If you would like to donate to Jess’ chosen charity Whizz Kids, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/JessicaMcDonnell