Goring workmates plan to run Brighton Marathon

The team who will run the marathon again next year
The team who will run the marathon again next year

A GROUP of work-mates have signed up to run next year’s Brighton Marathon after successfully completing the event in memory of a colleague.

HM Revenue colleagues, who work at the tax office in Barrington Road, Goring, completed the marathon earlier this year in memory of friend and colleague, Margaret Wingfield.

The team raised a total of £2,550 for St Barnabas House hospice, in Titnore Lane, Worthing, and have now secured places for next year’s marathon.

Margaret lost her battle with cancer in February at the hospice, which remains dear to the five friends and her husband Graham.

Graham said: “Margaret enjoyed many years of volunteering at St Barnabas and had told me on numerous occasions the fantastic work that all the team do.

“It was terribly sad when she passed away. However, I knew that she received the best possible care.

“I was touched when Kerry and her colleagues contacted me to say they were running for the charity and specifically in memory of my beloved wife. I know this fantastic sum of money will be hugely appreciated by all at St Barnabas House and I am delighted that it will be used for such a worthy cause.”

The five-strong team, made up of Kerry Paxton, Henry De Winne, Helen Gee, Nigel Gee and Rob Miles, achieved strong times for their run from three hours 39 minutes to five hours and nine minutes and are looking forward to beating their times in 2013.

Leanne Willard, events and campaigns fund-raiser at the hospice, said: “We would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank-you to the team from HM Revenue for their dedication in completing the Brighton Marathon. They have raised such a substantial amount money for the hospice and we were delighted to hear that they will be doing it again for St Barnabas next year.”