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Aquarium Boss Runs Marathon

April 11, 2013

The man in charge of Hastings’photo Blue Reef Aquarium is to run this month’s London Marathon to raise money for the Children with Cancer charity.

Chris Ireland will line up with more than 30,000 fellow runners, including Mo Farah, on Sunday, April 21st to take part in one of the world’s largest mass-participation races.

As part of his year-long training programme Chris has already completed the Brighton and Poppy Half Marathons but this will be the first time he has faced the full marathon distance.

“I am running the Marathon for Children with Cancer UK as I think they are a relatively small charity doing extraordinary work to help children with cancer and their families through what is an incredibly tough life challenge,” said Chris.

“As a dad myself of a two-and-a-half-year-old I can only imagine how I would feel if something terrible happened to him, so I felt that I would like to do what I could to help this charity continue to deliver this vital support to these brave youngsters.

“On the day I will be joining a team of over 1,300 runners who are all running for the Mr Men and Little Miss Children With Cancer Team,” he added.

Children with Cancer is the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer.

The charity funds life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood cancers and works to protect young lives through essential welfare and campaigning programmes.

Over the past 24 years, what started as a small memorial charity has become a major force in paediatric oncology helping to drive childhood leukaemia survival rates up to over 80%.

To date Children with Cancer has raised almost £140 million pounds for the research and treatment of childhood cancer.  The charity receives no government funding and relies entirely on voluntary donations.

Donations can be made through www.justgiving.com/Chris-Ireland1 or by texting RUNC83 £(amount) to 70070, e.g RUNC83 £5 to donate £5.