Lots of re­spect for and from award win­ners

Club col­lects £1,000 for good be­hav­iour on the pitch

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A FIT­NESS trainer from Amer­sham will run the New York Marathon on Sun­day in mem­ory of a friend who died of a brain tu­mour ear­lier this month, writes Tim Street.

Ania Gabb had al­ways planned to run the marathon, but after Nick Con­stanti­nou passed away on Oc­to­ber 16, she is rais­ing money for Nord­off Rob­bins, a mu­sic ther­apy char­ity for ter­mi­nally ill chil­dren.

The Chiltern Har­ri­ers run­ner is also look­ing to make a mark on course, fol­low­ing some good times in re­cent marathons this side of the pond.

She said: “I’m aim­ing for un­der three hours 20 min­utes. I’ve been run­ning marathons since 2008 and came fourth woman out of 7,800 at the Run to the Beat 10k in London in Septem­ber, in a time of 43 min­utes 36 seconds.

“A fort­night later I came sec­ond out of 800 women at the Hen­ley Half Marathon in a time of 1 hour 34 min­utes, win­ning my first run­ning trophy.

“My per­sonal best for the marathon is the three hours 22 min­utes I ran at this year’s London Marathon back in April, so that is what I will be aim­ing to beat out in York. Run­ning is my main pas­sion, and I have also com­peted in Paris and Am­s­ter­dam.

“I will be push­ing my­self to beat my per­sonal best, and I will con­tinue to push my­self through my train­ing to get more per­sonal bests.”

Gabb stud­ied English at univer­sity and hoped to be­come a jour­nal­ist, be­fore her pas­sion for health and fit­ness took over and 13 years ago she went into that in­dus­try.

Hav­ing en­rolled on var­i­ous cour­ses in her spare time, she is now a level three premier per­sonal trainer and has a level three ex­er­cise to mu­sic cer­tifi­cate.

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RIGHT DI­REC­TION: (Above) Che­sham mem­bers by their club­house; (be­low)

Con­trib­uted

MO­TI­VATED: Ania Gabb

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