Harborough woman to run London Marathon for ‘amazing’ dad

Victoria, who recently completed the Leicester half-marathon (above),  is running the London Marathon in 2015 for the Parkinsons UK charity
Victoria, who recently completed the Leicester half-marathon (above), is running the London Marathon in 2015 for the Parkinsons UK charity

A lettings negotiator from Market Harborough will be tackling the London Marathon this year – inspired by her dad.

Victoria Clayton, who works for Andrew Granger & Co estate agents in Harborough, and who lives in the town, is running to raise money for the Parkinson’s UK charity.

The 26-year-old first began raising money to help research into Parkinson’s disease after her father was diagnosed with the incurable neurological condition nine years ago.

Victoria said: “I am doing this especially for my amazing dad. He remains so positive and brave despite everything the condition throws at him.”

She has already completed the Leicester half-marathon twice, and a 10km event in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

Now, the former Kibworth Primary, Kibworth High and Robert Smyth pupil is taking on this year’s London Marathon in April. She has already raised £700 of her £2,500 sponsorship target.

Her training regime has already started, too.

She said: “I have just done the Leicester half-marathon, and maintained this distance until the end of December when my 17-week training plan started.

“I will be running three times a week, plus interval training and strength work.”

Victoria plans to hold a number of fundraising events in and around Andrew Granger & Co’s High Street office over the next few months.

Mark Sandall, a managing partner at Andrew Granger, said: “Everyone here is thrilled to be supporting Victoria.

“We know how much running this race means to her, so we are brainstorming fundraising ideas to help Victoria reach her sponsorship goal.”

You can sponsor Victoria for her London Marathon bid by visiting her donations page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/VictoriaEClayton.