THREE friends and former Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupils finished Sunday’s London Marathon, but for two of them the challenge is only half-way completed.
Brothers Matt and Richard Sharples and friend John Bennett made it round the testing London Course, Richard finishing in three hours 28 minutes, Matt in four hours 18 minutes and John in five hours.
But this Sunday – just a week later – Matt and Richard will lace up their running shoes again to take part in the Greater Manchester Marathon, making it two 26-milers in a week.
As reported in The Clitheroe Advertiser, they are raising money to support women like Matt’s wife, Sarah Sharples, who is battling one of the world’s rarest diseases.
She was diagnosed with lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) last May, a condition which causes cysts to form in the lungs and can cause tumours in other parts of the body.
“LAM Action is only a small charity and needs all the support it can get,” explained Matt. “Just because LAM is incredibly rare it doesn’t mean it’s any less devastating for women struggling to live with it.”
Sarah, who works at FS Accountants in Lowergate, Clitheroe, underwent tests in November 2010 after experiencing excruciating pain in her side. A scan revealed she had a nine centimetre tumour on her kidney and cysts in her lungs. She had her kidney and the tumour removed just before Christmas and was diagnosed with LAM in May after attending the National Referral Centre for patients with LAM.
To sponsor Matt, Richard and John visit: www.justgiving.com/clitheroeladsmarathons2012
To find out more about LAM visit the charity’s website at: www.lamaction.org