Two friends get into gear for marathon challenge

jpco-17-4-13 Melissa Wells is running the London marathon (Pic by Jon Rigby)
jpco-17-4-13 Melissa Wells is running the London marathon (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Two friends say they are feeling as prepared as possible in the run-up to the London Marathon.

Melissa Wells, 34, from Tilgate, is a learning support assistant at Manor Green Primary School, in Ifield, and a part-time fitness instructor at K2 Crawley.

Melissa said that her instructing role has meant she has been surrounded by people who have taken on marathons. She added: “I feel ready. I can’t wait to get it over with now! I know a lot of people that did the Brighton Marathon and they were buzzing after doing it. I’m looking forward to that feeling.

“I’ve been given so much advice about how to train from so many people.”

Melissa will face the challenge on Sunday (April 21) with her friend Darren Johncock, 39, from Pease Pottage.

The pair are running to raise money for the Queen Elizabeth Foundation (QEF).

Darren, a father-of-two, ran the Brighton Marathon two years ago and fainted at the half way point.

He said: “I didn’t give it the respect it deserved and now I know the things that can go wrong. I’ve been running three or four times a week since September in preparation for this one.”

Melissa added that training had been particularly difficult because she had suffered several injuries including problems with her hip.

She said: “I was told I shouldn’t do any more long runs. I have still been doing them but it takes a long time to recover after each one now.”

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