10 Apr 2018
Bus drivers lace up their running shoes for Brighton Marathon
Pictured: (L-R) Stagecoach drivers Pete and Dan and Depot Controller, George.
Three Stagecoach in Oxfordshire drivers, brothers Pete and Dan Smith and depot controller George Davies, are preparing to run 78.6 miles between them this month in aid of charity.
The Smith brothers and George will take part in the Brighton marathon on the 15th April. For Pete and Dan it will be in memory of their late father who passed away in August 2015 after a battle with Prostate Cancer and for George will run his first marathon in Brighton in honour of his grandfather who passed away in October 2017 from a brain tumour.
Dan, who has been running for two years will be joined by his older brother Pete, who only began running in May last year when he signed up to run the marathon to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
Dan said: “I got into running shortly before we lost dad and it’s been a great focus and challenge for me over the past two and a half years. I ran the Brighton marathon in 2016 and the London last year, which has given me the bug to do more. Pete and I decided it would be a great to do one together as a way to raise as much as we could for Prostate Cancer UK.”
The Smith brothers decided to embark on the challenge this year to celebrate what would have been their father’s 65th birthday. It’s also the year that Pete turns 30, while Dan turns 25.
Pete said: “Rather than mark this year with a big party we wanted a challenge that helped us celebrate dad. With dad having prostate cancer there is now a 25% chance that Dan and I will get it so we want to look after ourselves as much as possible and taking part in the marathon gives us that chance. I have no doubt the challenge will be tough but thinking of dad will get me through the training and the big day… as well as some jelly babies.”
Preparing for his part in the challenge, George, 27, said: “I took up running as part of my triathlon training last year and really got into the running element. I wanted to push myself harder with it so decided to enter the Brighton marathon as a goal and to raise money for the Brain Tumour Society.
“Training is proving quite tough currently as I have a five-month old baby, but the memory of grandad will keep me going and I am also focusing on the idea of couple of pints and dip in the sea at the end.”
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