Yeovil duo to run London Marathon... while carrying 40kg cider press
A pair of Yeovil runners are hoping to raise thousands for charity when they take on a remarkable challenge at this year’s London Marathon.
Shane Green and Ben Weller, both 30, are aiming to raise £4,000 for Cancer Research UK by attempting to complete the famous race whilst carrying a 40kg cider press.
The duo were part of a team of four who ran last year’s Bath half-marathon carrying a press. And despite having half the manpower and twice the distance to run, Shane is confident that they will not only finish the course but will do so in a competitive time.
He said: “It’s the most famous race in the world and is a much harder challenge than doing a half-marathon so we’re hoping we can get the sponsorship to reflect that. Me and Ben will both spur each other on to finish the race. We want to finish it in five hours but if we can do it in six it will be fantastic. There will be people spurring us on and to complete the course so, one way or another, we will finish it.”
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Shane and Ben have currently raised just over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK and are seeking to raise as much as possible in aid of the charity. The cause is particularly close to Shane’s heart after he survived the disease in 2006.
“Seven years ago I had a malignant melanoma on my leg removed,” he said.
“If it wasn’t for Cancer Research I wouldn’t have been aware of the dangers of it and I may not even be here today. It’s a charity that’s really close to our hearts. Cancer is all around us, it affects so many people and everyone knows someone who has been affected by it so we want to do what we can to help.
“It will physically be the hardest day of our lives just to finish the course for the cause so we would appreciate all the support that people can give us.”
Shane and Ben will be competing in the Silverstone half-marathon next month as they tackle three and a half laps of the famous Formula One venue.
They also hope to tackle the Yeovil Half-marathon in preparation for the big event.
If you would like to donate money to Shane and Ben’s cause please go to www.justgiving.com/twistedcider for more information.