Bucks couple in the 2011 BUPA Great South Run

PUBLISHED: 13:44 28 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:12 20 February 2013

Bucks couple in the 2011 BUPA Great South Run

Bucks couple in the 2011 BUPA Great South Run

Mike and Elizabeth McNicholas from Aylesbury will run on Sunday to raise money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Mike and Elizabeth McNicholas from Aylesbury will be taking part in the 10 mile BUPA Great South Run on Sunday to raise money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, a charity that aims to help rebuild confidence in young people in recovery from cancer and leukaemia, by taking them on unique sailing trips.

The BUPA Great South Run is one of the UKs biggest sporting participation events, and the duo will line up against 24,000 other people to race through the historic maritime town of Portsmouth.

Mike and Elizabeth will be participating in the Great South Run for the first time, and were encouraged to fundraise for the Ellen McArthur Cancer Trust by a friend from the Isle of Wight, where the charity is based. The pair has already raised 160 towards their target of 200. Both professionals in the health sector, Mike and Elizabeth already have strong ties with childrens health and wellness charities. This is the first time Ive done a competitive run, Mike explains. I have a strong connection with childrens charities, and have done a few charity cycle rides for Wheel Power in the last 2 or 3 years, including the Tour de Vale, a 55 mile ride through Aylesbury Vale.

Runners in the Bupa Great South Run will be set on their way by one of the most famous British sportswoman in recent history, as the Trusts very own Dame Ellen Macarthur, the record breaking single-handed round the world yachtswoman, is to perform the starters duties. Dame Ellen, who founded the charity in 2003, said, I am really excited to be starting the Bupa Great South Run - it's a hugely popular event. My charity, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has over 50 runners raising funds for us so we can take more young people sailing in recovery from Cancer."

A total of 53 runners will take part in the race for the Trust, who have so far raised over 7,000 towards their target of 10,000, which will enable the charity to take over 20 young people sailing across their four day summer sailing trips. Amongst the runners will be Frank Fletcher, the Trusts CEO, The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is thrilled to once again have so many participants in the Great South Run, including me! The large amount of sponsorship raised last year made a huge difference to the Trust and allowed us to take more than 60 young people recovering from cancer and leukaemia sailing. That is an incredible achievement! We are really hoping to see a repeat of last year's successes and are very much looking forward to the day.

There are many ways you can support The Trust with your time, money or services. To become a friend of The Trust and help them to continue to provide support and encouragement to young people in recovery from cancer, see http://www.ellenmacarthurtrust.org/images/uploads/Make_a_difference_LOW.pdf

For more information on the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, see http://www.ellenmacarthurcancertrust.org

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