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Novice Crellin takes on London marathon

PUBLISHED: 16:12 20 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:12 20 April 2016

Richard Crellin is running the London marathon for The Children's Society

Richard Crellin is running the London marathon for The Children's Society

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After only four months of runner, charity worker aims to raise funds for The Children’s Society

Limehouse’s Richard Crellin plans to race towards the finish line of this year’s London Marathon to raise money for The Children’s Society, despite having just four months’ experience.

The 26-year-old has never run so far in his life, yet Crellin hopes to complete the gruelling 26.2-mile course this Sunday to support the charity’s work with the most vulnerable children across the country suffering child sexual exploitation, neglect and poverty.

The charity worker is so passionate about helping young people that he’s endured sleep loss and freezing temperatures for a worthy cause.

His work as a policy officer for The Children’s Society enables him to raise children’s needs in Parliament, and influence decisions to protect some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people.

Crellin also volunteers as an independent visitor in London, and regularly spends time with teenagers in foster care, taking them to the cinema, bowling or ‘just for chicken in Nandos’.

Despite only committing to run at the end of December, his ambitious training plan has seen him tackle an incredible 522 miles in just 17 weeks.

A pair of brand-new trainers have pounded London’s canals as well as the River Thames and, as the distances have increased, he’s managed to enjoy discovering more of Greenwich and south east London, despite the inevitable aches and pains.

Reflecting on his personal challenge and resolve to make a difference, he said: “I am hoping all the hard work I put in during the cold winter will pay off — it was the support of my friends and colleagues that got me out of bed and into my trainers on those wet mornings!

“With two teenage cousins, I realise how important The Children’s Society’s work is — if they were ever in trouble I would want someone trustworthy for them to turn to for help.

“Running and working for The Children’s Society is an inspiration, and their work is helping hundreds of vulnerable young people every day.”

Richard’s online sponsorship page can be viewed at https://www.justgiving.com/Richard-Crellin

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