By Connie Osborne Monday 02 September 2013 Updated: 03/09 08:26
STANDARD staff are swapping deadline for the finish line as they compete in this year's Birmingham Half Marathon.
Deputy editor Harriet Ernstsons and chief photographer Marcus Mingins will be donning their trainers for the 13.1 mile run on Sunday, October 20.
Harriet will be joining friends to raise money for Acorns Children's Hospice, the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society and MS Society, while Marcus will be pounding the pavements for Cyclists Fighting Cancer.
Harriet said: "I wanted to take part in a fitness challenge that would also benefit others and the three charities are close to the hearts of all of us.
"I've never done anything like this before, so the training has been pretty difficult but it will be worth it when I cross that finish line. My family, friends and work colleagues have been so supportive throughout my training with donations and encouragement which will definitely help on the day."
Marcus, who has worked for the company for 20 years and is a keen cyclist, added: "The transition from cyclist to runner is hard work and very demoralising. But whats a bit of pain when you are running for such a worthwhile cause.
"Just £100 could supply a child with a bike, which has been shown to be a great start on their road to recovery, both physically and mentally."
Visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/teamprincess and www.justgiving.com/mmingins to sponsor the pair.
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