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Bexley man to take on marathon for third year running

PUBLISHED: 13:46 30 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:46 30 March 2016

James Philpot

James Philpot

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He raised more than £4,000 in the last two years

A 31-year-old from Northumberland Heath is set to take on the London Marathon for the third year running.

James Philpot raised £2,200 in his first sponsored London Marathon for Barnardo’s.

Last year the complaints manager at Barclays raised £2,300 for the children’s charity.

Mr Philpot, who works in Canary Wharf, said: “Children don’t ask for the bad things that happen to them. When I first looked at running the marathon years ago, Barnardo’s stood out to me as an organisation I’d really like to support.

“There are still children out there who are being mentally and physically abused, and who haven’t been give the care attention and love that other children have.”

Barnardo’s raises £250,000 through the London Marathon every year, funding projects that support the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people, including those who are leaving care or who have experienced sexual exploitation.

Taking on his third marathon, Mr Philpot will be able to draw on his experience, and the legendary support of the London crowds, to keep him going.

He said: “After the 20 mile point you really start to feel it, and you have to think about why you’re doing the marathon and all the people you’re helping.

“It’s great to run and spot colleagues, friends and family, and people I know from spending time in Canary Wharf. The crowds in general are fantastic and really give you a boost.”

Lynn Gradwell, Director of Barnardo’s in London, said: “We’re so grateful for James’s tireless support, which makes a real difference to the lives of the children, young people and families we work with. I wish him the very best of luck on the day.”

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