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Lionhearted shipbroker takes second marathon in his stride

If you see a lion running around the streets of Brentwood there's no need to be alarmed!
James having a rest in full costume (cropped)

Shipbroker James Sapwell experienced the thrill of the London Marathon in 2016 and he's roaring to do it all again in April dressed as a big cat - in honour of the hospice and its mascot Frankie.    

James on the run - behind

James, 27, first ran the Virgin London Marathon in 2016 in memory of his best friend Jack Baxter's dad, Dave Baxter, who we cared for before he died of Malignant Melanoma in 2013.    

James, from Brentwood, was part of Team Dave Baxter and proudly ran alongside Jack, and three of their friends.    

L-R: James Sapwell, Jack Baxter, Gaynor Baxter, Jack Kennedy and Max Finch

This time James is going the 26.2 mile distance alone on Sunday, April 22, but he has the fabulous support of his friends and family who will be helping him to raise as much money as he can for the charity.                              

"It is always a pleasure to do something that means other people can benefit from Saint Francis Hospice's services and I don't think we will ever stop," said James, who served as a Brentwood Borough councillor from 2011 to 2015.     

"Jack believes the care his dad received at the hospice extended his life and made the end of his life much more positive than it could have been.

James on the run - behind

It has some really happy memories for Jack and his family."    

On a personal level, the challenge has motivated James to get fit but his chances of beating his previous time are over after deciding to double his efforts by stepping into a furry lion suit!   

"The London Marathon is such an amazing experience," he added.   

"It is the only time the average person can feel like a professional athlete as people scream your name as you run through the streets of London, which is the best city in the world!"   

To sponsor James https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/jamessapwell1     

James on the run - behind

James on the run - behind

James on the run - behind

James on the run - behind