An Extra mile for the NSPCC MK half marathon

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TWO solicitors are set to swap their suits for running gear as they prepare to take on the MK half marathon.

John Egan and Neil Gibbs from Woodfines Solicitors are running to raise money for the National Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) on July 8.

The NSPCC is calling on runners to take part in the 13.1 mile run, which travels though scenic routes along the new city’s redways and the Grand Union Canal.

Over the last 13 years, the event has raised over £410,000 for the NSPCC.

Mr Egan, 46, a matrimonial and family lawyer, said: “Though the nature of my work I have heard about child abuse cases and therefore am a huge supporter of the NSPCC and its valuable resource to fight against this sort of behaviour.

“I’ve taken part in the half marathon a couple of times before so am looking forward to beating previous years’ times.”

And Mr Gibbs, 41, a commercial lawyer, said: “I was roped into it last year with colleagues but actually really enjoyed the experience (if the not the pain) and am really looking forward to taking part this year to represent the Woodfines Team Challenge.”

Sally Phipps, Community Fundraising Manager for the NSPCC, added: “We simply wouldn’t be able to continue our work helping those children who are victims of emotional and physical abuse, without the support of people such as John Egan and Neil Gibbs.”

The run will start from Webber Independent School and is a perfect race for both first time and more experienced runners.

Entry fees are from £20 to £25. All of the participants will be sent a race pack containing race number, timing chip, baggage tag, and sponsorship form.

To apply online or download visit www.nspcc.org.uk/miltonkeyneshalfmarathon. For more information mkhalfmara@nspcc.uk or telephone 01908 328060.

> By Hannah Blosen