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Marathon Challenge For Fairport Containers Team

Marathon Challenge For Fairport Containers Team 2Fairport group director, David Porter, is preparing for his first ever marathon, joined by welder Lee Swales who ran the iconic race for Fairport in 2014.

The firm will once again be raising money for Cancer Research UK. It was offered two guaranteed places for the world-famous marathon after the firm’s runners raised more than £8,500 in sponsorship for the charity last year.

This year they are hoping to beat that total and raise at least £10,000.

David, 33, said the pressure was on to do well for the charity.

“We are running to support such a good cause and it’s a big responsibility to raise as much as we possibly can,” he said.

“Cancer is something that has touched so many people and my own family is no exception. This will be my first ever marathon so I’m really feeling the pressure to do well.”

With three young children at home, David has been training in the early hours or late in the evening to fit around family life.

“Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to run in the dark and the cold but it has to be done. The furthest I have run before in one go was about 13 miles in the Tough Mudder race last year. I really enjoyed that, but the marathon will be a very different challenge and I am feeling a bit nervous as well as excited,” he said.

Lee, 33, has worked at Fairport Containers for 12 years. He will be running in memory of his mum, who died of cancer, and is hoping to beat his time for last year’s marathon by at least 15 minutes.

“It was an amazing experience to run my first ever marathon last year and we were overwhelmed by how generous everyone was with their donations,” said Lee.

Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding, relying entirely on the generosity of supporters.

Natasha Patel, local fundraising manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “I am extremely grateful to David and Lee for all of their time and effort invested into preparing for this gruelling event in aid of Cancer Research UK.

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