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Get Active: Runners go extra 26 miles for good causes

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:06 21 April 2015

Sam Rahman, left, with training partner Kevin Newell, who suffered brain damage.

Sam Rahman, left, with training partner Kevin Newell, who suffered brain damage.

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Six-time marathon runner Sam Rahman is taking on the London Marathon to raise cash for brain injury victims after his training partner fell off a ladder cleaning windows.

Sam, 32, from Woodshire Road, is fundraising for Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) which could be required to give life-long care to his Dublin Marathon partner Kevin Newell, 40.

Their joint training ended when the injury resulted in Kevin being put into an induced coma.

“They’ve brought him round but it’s slow progress,” Sam said. “He may need life-long care.

“BIRT was brought to my attention by Kevin’s parents – I want to raise £1,000.”

But training without Kevin has been hard for Sam, says his fiancee Sarah Smith, 32.

“He said it doesn’t feel right running without him,” she said. “You can tell he’s affected by it.”

Sam even had to change his routine from the one he had with Kevin – but is still running 60 miles a week and says Kevin’s plight is pushing him.

“It’s motivating me to do it,” he said. “At the back of my mind I have got Kevin there.”

You can help Kevin at justgiving.com/Kev-Newell/

And Sam’s not the only one running for a good cause on April 26.

Bus driver Ken Summerfield, 49, will join seven fellow Barking Road Runners fundraising for chosen charity Richard House Children’s Hospice.

Fresh from running the Paddock Wood Half Marathon in 2hrs29mins on his 49th birthday, Ken says he’s feeling confident about his first full marathon.

“I’m actually looking forward to it,” he said. “My target was £250 but I’ve already raised £350.”

And he said the runners’ donations are put to good use.

“A couple of weeks ago I went to there – it’s immaculate,” he said.

You can help to fund Richard House Children’s Hospice by sponsoring Ken at justgiving.com/SummerfieldVLM2015


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