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Marathon man follows in his father's footsteps

As a boy Andy Brownlie watched in awe as his father ran the world famous London Marathon and on Sunday, April 22 it will be his turn to join 40,000 runners as they make their way through the streets of our capital city. 
Andy Brownlie (cropped)

Andy, 22, is currently training six days a week for the 26.2 mile race and although this is his first marathon, he isn't daunted by the challenge. 

"The training is tough but I'm battling on through the pain," said Andy, from Gidea Park.  

"I've always enjoyed running and when I was young my Dad completed the London Marathon twice.  Andy Brownlie

"I remember just how amazing the atmosphere was and from then on I knew that I wanted to one day complete it myself." 

The event won't just be a huge personal achievement for Andy - He successfully applied for one of Saint Francis Hospice's Gold Bond places because he wanted to support the charity which had cared for his grandad Neil Cronin before he died of kidney cancer in 2014. 

"Having been born and raised in Gidea Park, it is an honour to have the opportunity to raise money for an independent local charity which has cared for loved ones and friends of so many people that I know of," said Andy. 

"I wish to now repay them for the outstanding care they gave to both my grandad, my mum and family during this time." 

As part of his fundraising, Andy is hosting a Charity Race Night at Windmill Hall in Upminster on Saturday, April 7th. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and finishes at 11pm.

Tickets cost just £5. To buy a ticket contact Andy at andrew_brownlie@hotmail.co.uk.