Northwood’s fittest put their best foot forward

April 21, 2015

On Sunday morning three of Northwood’s fittest will be pounding the streets of London for 26 miles raising money in the bid to help beat pancreatic cancer. The team are competing in the London Marathon in memory of our former Managing Director Nick Cooper who died from the disease in 2013 aged 50.

Barry Ireland, David Vann and Kerry Draper are all taking on the challenge to raise funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF) which helps fund innovative research to defeat the disease.

Barry Ireland, Director of Northwood Northampton, said: “Given that pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all of the common cancers – at just 3% after five years, we are completely committed to making every mile run and every pound raised count in beating this terrible disease.” Likening himself to having a physique more like a darts player than a runner, Barry has been training hard over the last few months to ensure that he crosses the finish line both in one piece and in a decent time.


David Vann who is Director of the Northwood Bristol also commented: “It’s going to be a real motivation to keep going and stay on track when you know that the funds raised are going to such a great cause.

Given I haven’t run much beyond 5km in the past 25 years, just about every training run has breaking new ground (and my body!) –  I’m now popping ibuprofen like my daughter eats smarties. My wife thinks I’m nuts.”


Having already raised £4000, the team are tantalisingly close to hitting their £5,000 fundraising target.


Please support them in the fight to beat pancreatic cancer and click on the link here to donate.



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