Marianne Russell, aged 25, a student at The College of Law in Birmingham, is running in Sunday’s 26 mile long London Marathon (April 13th) to raise at least £2,000 for Arthritis Care on behalf of members of her family and a close friend crippled by rheumatoid arthritis. She has raised over £1,000 so far and is looking for eve-of-run sponsors to achieve her target.
Marianne, a former air hostess with British Airways, studies part-time at the College and works as a paralegal in the employment department of Wright Hassall a leading commercial solicitors firm in Leamington Spa.
She said: “I have never run in a public event before. I watched the marathon on tv last year and thought absolutely not - it's not for me. By the end of the year I decided I wanted to challenge myself and I thought I would apply for the marathon. I wanted to do it for charity and the obvious choice for me was Arthritis Care. My cousin, a close family friend and my grandfather all suffer from Arthritis, with my cousin and friend suffering so badly with rheumatoid arthritis that they have had to be registered as disabled. It is difficult watching someone struggle to do simple everyday tasks.”
Her friend Maryetta Scambler said: “I was so chuffed when I heard the charity that Marianne had chosen. This is such a crippling disease and it makes life pretty hard at times. However with people like her it makes it so much easier to bear.”
Marianne comes originally from Polmont near Falkirk in Central Scotland. She was educated at St Mungo’s High School, Falkirk, before going to the University of Glasgow where she graduated with Honours Degree in Scots Law in 2004. She lives in Woodford Halse, near Daventry.
Sponsors who wish to donate should visit Marianne Russell's JustGiving page.
Further information for media enquiries can be obtained from Marianne at Wright Hassall (01926 880787) or from Dawn Beddard, Press Officer, Birmingham College of Law on 01483 216005.