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Sole sisters step up for marathon

Two sisters will be paying a special tribute to their uncle when they join thousands
of runners on a 26.2 mile journey past London's most iconic landmarks.
Pic B Molly and dad Tony with sign (resized) (cropped)
When Molly and Evie Shanahan were both lucky enough to receive ballot places in
this year's Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, April 24th, they decided to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice because of the care it gave their uncle Eamonn Shanahan in 2001.

"We were sent so much material about all the charities we could raise funds for but
we wanted to support a local charity and one that we had personal ties with," said
Molly, 23, (pictured) who lives with her family in Hornchurch.

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"Saint Francis Hospice was a huge support to our family and provided excellent care
for our Uncle Eamonn.

"My dad Tony ran the London Marathon for the hospice 12 years ago and I promised him
I would do it one day.

"Now that we are old enough and hopefully fit enough, we felt it was about time we
did some fundraising of our own to try and make some kind of contribution to the
£7.3million the hospice needs every year to continue to provide its service."

Evie and Molly say they are not sporty by nature and describe the marathon as a huge challenge, but they have stepped up their training to prepare for the big day.

"Most years I have gone up to cheer on other people I know who were running it
but I never thought one year I would actually be running it, especially for a charity
that has helped our family so much," said Evie, 21, who is currently studying for a Criminology degree at Southampton University

"I am currently training in Southampton, which I am enjoying at the moment. 

"As the miles have upped each week I've noticed more determination in me to keep
going. I never thought I could have physically ran this far before, and knowing
there's still a long way to go makes the challenge more thrilling."

Molly, who works in recruitment, is also hoping all her training will motivate her to keep up her fitness levels after the event.

"I cannot wait for the actual day of the London Marathon as I know the atmosphere
will be brilliant," said Molly.

"I find running such a great way to clear the head after being at work all day and I
am hoping I will get the running bug and get more into running."

To sponsor Molly and Evie visit http://www.justgiving.com/Molly-Evie-Shanahan

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Molly Shanahan with her dad Tony holding his medal for completing the London Marathon 12 years ago.