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Magpies Prepare For The London Marathon

18 April 2013

Look out for two Notts County fans running the London Marathon this weekend.

Massive Magpies supporters Rachel Johnson and Richard Povery will both be taking on the 26-mile challenge for different causes this coming Sunday (21 April). 

Kopite Rachel is running for Muscular Dystrophy, a charity very close to her family, and aims to raise £1,500 - a total she is fast approaching.

Muscular Dystrophy is a disease that affects more than 60,000 children and adults in the UK alone. 

Most of these conditions are progressive, causing the muscles to gradually weaken and waste over time.

Rachel has already competed the Silverston Half Marathon and will also be tackling the Great North Run and the Robin Hood Half Marathon later this year. 

“My daddy took me to the great Meadow lane when I was about five or six and we went year on year and traveled up and down the country for as long as he was able," she told the official site. 

“After a while this all got a bit to much for my dad as his disability continued to get worse so he could no longer go to the games.

“About a year ago I looked around to see what I could do, not just my family but the 60,000 others and the families that are affected.”

Richard is looking to raise £4,500 for Get Kids Going! and has been working closely with the club’s nutritionist, Matthew Lawson, to help him train for the task at hand. 

Get Kids Going! is a charity that provides sports grants and sports wheelchairs for disabled children and young people so they can play and participate in sports at all levels.  

There are over 200,000 disabled children and youngsters in Britain who need the help of the charity. 

Richard will be taking on the Marathon with his colleague from the Arnold Chiropody and Podiatry Clinic, Kevin Brocklehurst.

Anyone that makes a donation towards their fundraising will be entered into a raffle to win free treatment at the clinic, worth £35. 

“Neither of us has ever run a marathon but it has always been an ambition," said Richard.

“After watching all the endeavours of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics we were inspired to enter the Virgin London Marathon, and we chose Get Kids Going! as our nominated charity.”

You can sponsor Richard by clicking here.

Fans can also sponsor Rachel by clicking here.

Everyone at Notts County would like to wish the duo all the best ahead of Sunday's event. 

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