Fi­nal prep af­ter spring break

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ducking And Diving -

Marathon runners rais­ing funds in mem­ory of teenager Ben Ham­mond are putting in the fi­nal prepa­ra­tions to their train­ing.

Phil Sweat­man has just re­turned from the Scot­tish High­lands where he joined Ben’s fam­ily for a Spring break and did a few train­ing runs.

“The stun­ning scenery of the High­lands was in­spi­ra­tional and it was in­vig­o­rat­ing to train in a com­pletely new place,” said Phil who is hop­ing to com­plete the Lon­don Marathon in less than four hours.

Ben died last July at the age of 15 from an un­di­ag­nosed heart con­di­tion and since the High Halden teenager’s death his fam­ily have worked tire­lessly to sup­port the char­ity Car­diac Risk in the Young (CRY), which screens young­sters for heart prob­lems.

Phil, 45, a ser­vice man­ager for CB Mo­tors in Ten­ter­den, will be joined by graphic de­signer Nick Vin­cent, 42, will also run the Lon­don Marathon for the cause un­der the ban­ner of Team Ben Ham­mond.

The runners has raised just over £4,500 so far and if they hit the £5,000 mark it will en­able 100 chil­dren in the district to be screened for heart de­fects.

To sup­port the Team Ben Ham­mond runners visit http://uk.vir­gin­money giv­ing.com/Phi­landNick

Phil Sweat­man and Nick Vin­cent who are run­ning the Lon­don Marathon for Team Ben Ham­mond

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