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Fitness gym has free Marathon places going begging

PUBLISHED: 20:03 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2010

A HEALTH and fitness gym that survived a closure threat is now battling to raise cash through the London Marathon to keep going. Ability Bow in London’s East End—less than a mile from the 2012 Olympics—has places left in its charity allocation for the Big Race on April 26 and is looking for volunteers to fill them

A HEALTH and fitness gym that survived a closure threat is now battling to raise cash through the London Marathon to keep going.

Ability Bow in London’s East End—less than a mile from the 2012 Olympics—has places left in its charity allocation for the Big Race on April 26 and is looking for volunteers to fill them.

The only catch—you need to be ready, willing and able to run 26 miles in 15 weeks’ time.

“We won’t charge anyone volunteering for one of our allocated places,” assured the charity’s director Victoria Kent.

“But in return we ask that they to commit to raising much-needed funds through sponsorships. We really need the cash.”

Ability Bow, within virtual sight of the Olympics park now under construction, faced closure in November, 2007, due to lack of funding.

But it scraped through after intervention from supporters like East London MP George Galloway, while Tower Hamlets NHS Primary Care Trust and Leaside Regeneration both stepped in with emergency bridging’ funds.

Now they have a 12-month contract from the primary care trust for the centre at St Stephen’s Road, off the Roman Road.

But that could run out soon, despite the need for its therapeutic fitness programme and its referrals from GPs all over East London.

Volunteers who want to run in the London Marathon in April for Ability Bow can apply online or call 020-8980 7778.


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