Taking part in her first London Marathon on Sunday is Marie Thomas (nee Fanus) who hails from Pentlepoir.
Marie, who has just turned 40, is running to raise money for Diabetes UK.
“As a headteacher of two schools in Herefordshire, we have been supporting two pupils with Type 1 Diabetes and seen the impact it has on them and their families,” explained Marie, daughter of Richard and Josie Fanus, of Pentlepoir.
“They have been fortunate to be able to use the new pump and scanner which means they no longer have to take blood samples up to five times a day or inject insulin,” continued the former Pentlepoir and Greenhill School pupil.
“With family members being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, I wanted to thank Diabetes UK for the support and advice they have provided and help them in their quest to improve care and ultimately the prevention of diabetes.
“Through the Just Giving website, I have raised £2,300 for Diabetes UK with help from friends, family and organisations such as the Freemason’s Lodge in Narberth who kindly donated £500 to the charity.”
Although Marie has been running for 18 years, this will be her first full marathon.
She’s been training over the winter with a running group in Hay-on-Wye near to where she lives to improve her technique and increase her distance.
If anyone would like to support Diabetes UK, please visit Marie Thomas’s London Marathon Just Giving page.