IT'S nearly time...

You've put the hours in, selected your running gear and now all you can think about is pulling on your trainers - it must be London Marathon week.

Thousands of runners will be heading to the capital on Sunday for one of the world's most famous races.

But here's some of the runners from our area that we will be keeping our eyes peeled for on TV. 

Good luck everyone!

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Contributed by Craig Tipton

I'm one of 4 running the London marathon for Team Ella raising money for Tommy's the baby charity. Team Ella was started a number of years ago by my good friend Dom Gilvarry who experienced the devastating stillbirth of his daughter Ella. He decided that he didn’t want other people to suffer the pain they had to go through, and started running to raise money and awareness for children’s charities doing research into preventing this loss. Tommy’s is one of those charities who use the money raised towards research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and an information programme supporting pregnant women and their families. To this day 10 babies are stillborn every day, this is unacceptable. There is a desperate need for funding into maternal and fetal research.

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Contributed by Barbara Kelly

Barbara Kelly of Gorsefield Road, Prenton. Age 49. Running London Marathon for the charity Spinal Research.

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Contributed by Tim Clixby

Running my first full Marathon in London on the 23rd April, with 10 other members of the Village Road Runners based at the Village Hotel in Bromborough. Hoping to raise over £7000 for various charities between us.

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Contributed by Dawn Hunt

I am 48 and live in moreton,I took up running in late 2011 because I had an ambition to run a marathon,so I started training for Liverpool marathon in 2012, never looked back since as I absolutely love running marathons,since then my husband and all four of our sons have also taken up running as well,I never thought I would actually get a chance to run the London marathon though,but on my 3rd time trying I got a ballot place for this year,I joined wallasey athletic club last year along with my husband martin and one of our sons Ollie,and I will be representing my club in my club vest at the London marathon,I havnt set a goal for a run time as I think I am going to be so excited to be there I will be happy to just get around the course and enjoy the crowds and the sights along the way,all being well London will be marathon number 28 for me,and martin and I now have an ambition of getting into the 100 marathon club one day,the picture is us at the end of last years Yorkshire marathon.hugely excited and can't wait to get there.

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Contributed by Nicci Chapman

I am Nicci from Liscard and a member of Wallasey AC. I've tried every year to get into the London Marathon, this year I've been so fortunate enough to run for Children with Cancer UK. This is my first marathon and it's been on my bucket list for many years. So far I've raised over £1000 from a cake sale in work and charity raffle with all prizes kindly donated from local companies plus Everton FC. I'm hoping the small token I've raised will give the much needed support to the young children and their families through their most difficult times. I, as well as many other people across the country are left heartbroken with the plight of the amazing little Bradley Lowery and his family I'm therefore hoping that with my fundraising and that of the charity team, many other families in their situation will benefit also. So far the London marathon team for the charity have raised over £1 million xx

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Contributed by Keith Marsden

As part of a challenge I have set myself to run 2017 miles in 2017, I am running London Marathon in order to raise money for Macmillan cancer charity. I'm from Wallasey, and I am 59 years old!

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Contributed by Karl Bunnell

I'm representing Wallasey Athletic Club for the London Marathon having won my place in the club ballot. I am raising money for Alder Hey Childrens Hospital. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Karlsberg-Bunnell1

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Contributed by Rob Beech

London Marathon for Ronald McDonald House

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Contributed by Craig Lister

I'm running this years London marathon for guide dogs 🐶 currently I've raised 1500 pounds for this charity and I'm hoping to make it to 2000

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Contributed by Rob Jenkins

Rob Jenkins and Rich Gibson running the London Marathon for Wirral Mencap from West Kirby

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Contributed by Victoria Carr

I am a primary school headteacher who lives on the Wirral and is running a second London Marathon in just over a week for Barnardos!

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Contributed by Mark Jebb

I will be running this years Virgin London Marathon for Spinal Research, I'm 42, and this is my third marathon. I have completed the Liverpool rock n' roll marathon, and Manchester.

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Contributed by Lisa Critchley

Following my 74.5lbs (5st 8lbs) in 2014 I am facing my second London Marathon this time raising money for St John Ambulance

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Contributed by John Close

Running for Bliss Charity supporting babies born prematurely of sick after our son was born at 24 weeks in Arrowe Park last year.

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Contributed by Louise woolfall-smith

My name is Louise, I'm 32 years old and I am a teaching assistant in a local primary school. In August 2014 our family were left devastated when my nephew Lewis was born sleeping at 34 weeks. I am running the London Marathon 2017 in memory of Lewis for Kicks Count, a charity which aims to raise awareness of babies movements during pregnancy and lower the UK's stillbirth and neonatal death rate. I have been training hard for the past 6 months and have overcome a knee injury in this time. I am now looking forward to the challenge ahead.

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Contributed by FARIDAH BROOKER

We are taking part in the London Marathon. Faridah Brooker (on the left of photo), age 46, and Beverley Faulkner age 48, both from Heswall. We are running for Maggie's Cancer Support centre at Clatterbridge.

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Contributed by Matt Green

Hi - I am running my second london Marathon for Children with Cancer. 11 days to go feeling excited. Have covered nearly 400 miles in the last 16 weeks.

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Contributed by Alex Buchanan

this year I an running my last marathon and what a way to finish, by attempting the London marathon, all money raise is for the Nspcc

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Contributed by Frances Murphy

I am running the London marathon in memory of my mum who died in 2014 10 days after diagnosis from pancreatic cancer. I am running it for pancreatic cancer action. So far I have raised £4,700 from a virtual run, Xmas Fayre, cupcake making, raffles and a purple party I held in March at tranmere rovers. I am from I am a keen runner and have done many half marathons but never a full so it's a huge challenge for me but I really wanted to do this in my mums memory.

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Contributed by Sallie Holt

Nick and I will be running the London Marathon this year and raising funds for Love, Jasmine. Love, Jasmine was set up by Kathy and Rob Lapsley in memory of their daughter Jasmine. The charity supports families who have lost a child to try and ease their burden.
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