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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.
RIGHT DIRECTION: (Above) Chesham members by their clubhouse; (below)
MOTIVATED: Ania Gabb