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London Marathon 2017: Mid Norfolk nurse and north Norfolk police officer taking on gruelling course for health charities

PUBLISHED: 10:35 11 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:35 11 April 2017

Part-time nurse Helen Lloyd, from welborne, (left), with her step daughter Charlotte Searle. Ms Lloyd is running the 2017 London Marathon for Prostate Cancer UK and the Norfolk and Norwich University urology department. Picture: STEPHEN SEARLE

Part-time nurse Helen Lloyd, from welborne, (left), with her step daughter Charlotte Searle. Ms Lloyd is running the 2017 London Marathon for Prostate Cancer UK and the Norfolk and Norwich University urology department. Picture: STEPHEN SEARLE

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Novices and experienced runners from Norfolk will be among the thousands of people pounding London's streets for a variety of charities later this month.

PC Anna Howman (left) with her late grandmorther Gladys Marrison and brother Paul Howman. Miss Howman is running the 2017 London Marathon for Dementia UK. Picture: SUE HOWESPC Anna Howman (left) with her late grandmorther Gladys Marrison and brother Paul Howman. Miss Howman is running the 2017 London Marathon for Dementia UK. Picture: SUE HOWES

The gruelling 26.2 mile challenge on April 23 takes in the capital’s famous landmarks and below are a two people from the county taking part in the world-famous charity run.

Nurse fundraising for hospital

A mid Norfolk nurse is taking on her final marathon this year to raise money for a ward which treated her partner.

Helen Lloyd, 57, from Church Road in Welborne, took up running aged 39 after giving up smoking.

She achieved her target of completing a marathon by her 40th birthday - finishing one in Essex, in 3 hours 50 minutes - and since then has done just over 30.

Ms Lloyd, a Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) part-time nurse, is taking on her final marathon for the NNUH urology ward and Prostate Cancer UK.

The NNUH urology ward successfully treated her partner of 26 years, Stephen Searle, 65, over Christmas 2016 for prostate cancer.

She said: “This is the last time I’m gong to do a marathon so I’m going to enjoy it. I want to raise money for the urology department because it means a lot to us.”

This will be the sixth time Ms Lloyd has run the London course.

To donate visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/HELENLLOYD5
Police officer’s first marathon

A Cromer police officer is attempting her first marathon in London in memory of her grandmother.

Anna Howman, 36, who lives in North Walsham, is one of only eight people running for Dementia UK on April 23.

Miss Howman is raising money for the charity because her grandmother, Gladys Marrison, 85, who died in February 2015, had dementia.

She said: “I was close to my grandmother my whole life. I’m excited but nervous about the marathon. I have been overwhelmed by the support I’ve had. So many people know someone with dementia.”

To donate visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/Anna.Howman
To get in touch with your story email reporter sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772531.

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