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Haverhill runner who raised thousands for The Brain Tumour Charity says 'thank you' for the support he was given




A Haverhill runner who was inspired by the death of a close friend to take on the Virgin London Marathon has expressed his thanks for the support he received after raising over £3,000.

Ian Longland has so far raised £3,027, with about £500 more promised, for The Brain Tumour Charity in honour of Angie Chapman, who died of a brain tumour last July.

The day proved challenging from the start, as Ian explained: "I developed a cold which affected my breathing from the start line, typical, however I managed a time of 3 hours and 19 minutes.

A jubilant Ian Longland crosses the finish line at the 2019 Virgin London Marathon
A jubilant Ian Longland crosses the finish line at the 2019 Virgin London Marathon

"My training had gone really well, so I probably could have done better if fully well.

"I had the support of my friends on the day, who came down on the Haverhill Running Club's coach to the start.

"Nigel (Chapman) also came down to support, following the race from the start. His support was great, as it was for his wife I was running the marathon."

Ian said a 'huge thanks' to his employer, Officescape, and particularly its owners, brothers Matt and Adrian Samways, as they donated half the amount he raised and supported him in the build up to the race as well as after it.



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