GETTING fitter will be a New Year’s Resolution for thousands of people across Milton Keynes this January, and what better way to commit to it than by signing up to the Milton Keynes Marathon?
Cancer Research UK has been named as one of the main sponsors for the 2013 maraton, and the charity is urging people to come forward and take part this year’s race – not necessarily as an athlete though.
Last year, despite the torrential rain which threatened to wreck the inaugural marathon, Kevin Lamming from Stony Stratford volunteered to help out on the day. He and other volunteers were key members of the support team.
Kevin was awarded the Flame of Hope Award, Special Commendation Event Volunteer last year and has been recruited again this year to help the marathon go as smoothly as possible.
“I am proud to be working with the Milton Keynes Marathon,” he said.
“I wanted to help my city to promote both Health and Fitness and the awareness of Cancer Research UK.
“The Milton Keynes Marathon has given me this opportunity and surpassed all my expectations. The commitment of organisers, participants, volunteers and people from Milton Keynes who supported on that day was truly amazing.
“An experience I will never forget, that is why I am helping again in 2013 please help, any help is greatly appreciated.”
Kevin’s story shows that volunteering work can bring more than the satisfaction of helping a good cause or winning awards.
He and his future wife met at a fundraising event organised by Cancer Research UK.
“I first helped Cancer Research UK in 2010 at a Milton Keynes Race for Life Event, where I met my partner and future wife at Marshal Point 18. It was a day that changed my life forever.
“Sara has recovered from cancer twice and was informed she probably would not be able to have any more children.
“But on January 24 last year our son Rohan was born, who is a healthy baby boy.”
The first Milton Keynes Marathon, held on April 29, 2012, raised over £1.2 million for charity and Cancer Research UK raised over £40,000 through the event.
Race Director Andrew Hully was thrilled to receive his Christmas card and letter of thanks from Cancer Research,
“It’s things like this that make all the hard work worthwhile,” said Andrew.
The Milton Keynes Marathon 2013 will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6.
To register your place in the race or for more information on how to volunteer your services on the day, visit www.mkmarathon.co.uk