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Written by on 20 April 2018

Swale’s London Marathon runners

With just one day left of training for runners to prepare themselves for this years London Marathon, we highlight some of the Borough’s runners who are taking on the 26.2 mile challenge around the sites of London. Organisers have already sent messages to competitors regarding the recent rise in temperatures, warning them to make sure they take advantage of the extra water stops. Forecasters have said that the 2018 marathon could be the hottest marathon on record with mercury possibly hitting 22 Celsius.

Each year participants from the BRFM region take on the challenge, this year we highlight the participants that have made themselves know to raise money for their chosen charities. This year BRFM says good luck to:

Suzi RawesChairperson of Sittingbourne based charity “Sporting Tree Foundation”

The Sporting Tree Foundation aim to inspire and encourage young sports people and dancers to fulfil their full potential. Suzi says:  “I’m running for a cause very close to my heart, a charity called Sporting Tree Foundation. This charity gives grants to sports and dance organisations to help athletes access opportunities that may not have otherwise been available to them. Please support this worthy cause and help raise some funds for the kids!”

BRFM has helped the Sporting Tree Foundation over recent years, by supporting them at their annual fundraising/awareness fun day.

To support Suzi visit:

Listen to Jason Winch interview Suzi just before she sets off on her Marathon. (Sunday 22nd April)

Callum BeardBRFM Presenter

Callum is running to raise money for the “British Heart Foundation”. Which is the chosen charity for the company that Callum works for when he is not behind the microphone at the BRFM studio

Callum told us: “I’m going to do all I can to make sure I am able to complete it as best I can, and this will be helped along the way from generous donations. If you can spare any change to help me towards my target, it really will be appreciated!”

To support Callum visit:

Listen to Jason Winch interveiw Callum just before he sets off on his Marathon. (Sunday 22nd April)

Jenni Van DeelenFrench Teacher at the Sittingbourne Community College

Jenni is not only running the London Marathon this year, but is taking on a trio of challenges which make up the “London Classics” which is essentially a giant triathlon. The Head of French at SCC is taking on the challenges in the run up to her 50th Birthday, raising money for her chosen charity the “Teenage Cancer Trust”

Jenni said “As a local Secondary School teacher I have been privileged to meet hundreds, if not thousands of amazing young people. But the sad truth is I have seen teenagers affected by cancer in every school I have worked in”

To donate to Jeeni’s fund visit:

Good luck to everyone taking part in this years London Marathon!