Doctor fired up for marathon fundraiser

Nick Woodall is running the Beachy Head Marathon on October 26th in aid of the boiler repair fund at Our Lady of Ransom Church. Pippin his dog accompanies him on his training runs. October 18th 2013 E43002P

Nick Woodall is running the Beachy Head Marathon on October 26th in aid of the boiler repair fund at Our Lady of Ransom Church. Pippin his dog accompanies him on his training runs. October 18th 2013 E43002P

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A doctor will be putting his best foot forward on Saturday to help raise funds for a town centre church.

Nick Woodall is taking part in the Beachy Head Marathon and is collecting money on behalf of Our Lady of Ransom Church.

Two boilers, one at the church and one at the presbytery next door, are in need of repair and the 41-year-old was keen to support the cause.

Nick, who has been running part of the course in preparation for the mammoth challenge with his dog Pippin, came up with the name ‘Running to Keep Warm’ for the event.

He was donated a vest with those words on for the fundraiser, courtesy of Ashprint.

The Eastbourne resident said thanks to the support of other parishioners staging fundraisers so far just over £26,000 had been raised, with the project set to cost around £35,000 - £40,000 in total.

Work is now underway on the church boiler but more funds are needed for the scheme.

Nick, who is new to the parish, said, “I’m amazed there’s been such a great response and with the run coming up I’m hoping not to disgrace the parish by putting in a poor running time. I’m looking forward to it.”

Nick, who will be joining runners and joggers from across the country for the popular event, is hoping to complete the 26-mile challenge in around four-and-a-half to five hours.

Last year Rob Harley made it first across the finish line in three hours and nine minutes, while Susie Casebourne was the first woman to make it home in three hours and 31 minutes.

If you would like to donate funds in aid of the church in Grange Road you can do so by popping in to the parish office and speaking to Mary, calling 723222 or emailing: ransomagnes@sky.com.