Go­ing the ex­tra mile to help good causes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - LONDON MARATHON - by Mike Ben­nett

CLIVE Prick­ett is train­ing hard for next month’s Lon­don Marathon. Mr Prick­ett, a squadron quar­ter­mas­ter based at 18 Trans­port and Move­ment Squadron Royal Lo­gis­tics Corps in Shorn­cliffe, Folkestone, is hop­ing to raise money for the Pil­grims’ Hospice. He said: “I chose the hospice be­cause it is a lo­cal char­ity and like most peo­ple my age I’m start­ing to see peo­ple I know who are us­ing its fa­cil­i­ties.” Mr Prick­ett, of Brad­bridge Green, Singleton, ran in last year’s marathon, rais­ing more than £1,500. He said: “I re­cently ran in half marathons at Hast­ings and Brands Hatch and I’ve been train­ing by get­ting up at 5am on Sun­days and run­ning by 7am.” Any­one want­ing to spon­sor Mr Prick­ett can con­tact him at 01303 225253 or 07766 547656. EX­PE­RI­ENCED run­ner and fit­ness fa­natic Gra­ham Sil­cock is tak­ing part in the Lon­don Marathon on April 22 in aid of Ash­ford Cit­i­zens Ad­vice.

Mr Sil­cock, of Ken­ning­ton, is a self-em­ployed builder and well-known in the trade lo­cally.

A self-con­fessed worka­holic and keep-fit ad­dict, he is putting in ex­tra train­ing ses­sions by at­tend­ing his fit­ness club each day and build­ing up his stamina by run­ning ev­ery other day with longer runs of 15 miles plus at week­ends.

Now 63, he ran his first Lon­don Marathon at 60 and claims he wants to be still run­ning it when he is 90.

He has cho­sen the CAB, where he has com­pleted build­ing work, as his char- ity this year and is look­ing for spon­sors.

Ash­ford and Ten­ter­den Bureau dealt with more than 8,000 in­quiries last year rang­ing from em­ploy­ment, debt, ben­e­fits to hous­ing and many more ar­eas. Cit­i­zens Ad­vice is an im­par­tial, free and legally-based ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion ser­vice avail­able to all res­i­dents of the bor­ough.

He said: “Peo­ple do not gen­er­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that the bureau is a char­ity and 90 per cent of the ad­vi­sors are vol­un­teers who, af­ter train­ing, give their time freely to the ser­vice and the com­mu­nity.”

Ex­tra funds are needed to em­ploy spe­cial­ists to re­spond to an in­creas­ing lo­cal need for debt ad­vice.

Spon­sor­ship forms are avail­able from their of­fices in Nor­wood Street, Ash­ford, and in Ten­ter­den Town Hall. RICHARD Swayne from Smeeth will be mak­ing his first at­tempt at the Lon­don Marathon and is run­ning for Great Or­mond Street Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal. Mid-Kent Col­lege stu­dent Richard is study­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cle re­pair and this will be his first full marathon al­though he fin­ished a half dis­tance race ear­lier this month in a re­spectable time of just over two hours. He has been con­cen­trat­ing on train­ing on the North Downs and would wel­come do­na­tions to help young­sters with se­ri­ous ill­ness and dis­abil­ity via www.just­giv­ing.com/ richardswayne

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Clive Prick­ett, who is to run in the Lon­don Marathon, pic­tured with daugh­ter Alexandra

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Ken­ning­ton Lon­don Marathon run­ner Gra­ham Sil­cock

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Marathon run­ner Richard Swayne

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