No horsing around for Jeannine at the London Marathon

Jeannine Williamson will be going on foot for the London Marathon
Jeannine Williamson will be going on foot for the London Marathon

EASTBOURNE’S Jeannine Williamson will be relying on Shanks’s pony when she takes part in this year’s London Marathon.

Jeannine, won a ballot place in the event, her first ever marathon, and will be using it to raise money for the Brooke Hospital, which helps working equines in some of the world’s poorest countries.

In recent years she has completed the Eastbourne and Hastings half marathons, Budapest half marathon and Great South Run in aid of the charity and taken part in Brooke fundraising rides in Egypt, Jordan, India, Mongolia and Iceland, but she says this will be the toughest challenge to date.

“I am hugely grateful to Reid+Dean, a principle sponsor of the Eastbourne Half, which has kick started my fundraising with a £100 donation from the 2010 half marathon sponsorship fund that is distributed to charities and local causes,” said Jeannine.

“I started training at the beginning of January and I know it is going to be a big leap from a half to a full marathon but I am determined to give it my best shot and get round.”

All the money she raises will go to the charity that provides veterinary care for horses and donkeys across 11 countries in Asia, Africa, Central America and the Middle East, and offers advice and education to owners who often rely on a working animal for their entire family income.

This Saturday, January 22, Jeannine will be helping with a street collection outside the Arndale Centre in aid of the Brooke and says she will be delighted to chat to people about the charity’s work.

If anyone would like to support her marathon fundraising they can call her on 641078, email or donate online at