A group of brothers will take on their first long-distance running event as they head to the Highlands on 27 September for Loch Ness Marathon. The Coxheads – John (26), Edward (24), Mark (20) and David (18) – will take on the marathon alongside partners Laura Bocking (24) and Josie Brown (18) to raise funds for Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO), a Preston-based charity that provides vital feeding centres to orphans in Malawi.
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John, a primary teacher and the eldest of the Coxhead brothers, explained their decision: “Our family has always been heavily involved with FOMO. Our neighbour, who is from Malawi, set up the charity in 2000 and our parents have been involved from the outset.
“In 2006 our family travelled to Malawi, and thoroughly enjoyed meeting and spending time with the orphans. It really energised our desire to support the charity, and do all we could to help improve their quality of life.”
David, the youngest, added: “I’ve never really done any long distance running before, apart from the Manchester 10K, so the whole thing is quite daunting. But I think my training is going as well as could be expected, considering I have just sat my A levels.
“I try to get out for two longs runs a week, with shorter runs in between. I have no idea what to expect when we get to the Highlands, but I can’t wait.”
John commented: “We’re all at different stages of our training. We’re spread out across the country a bit now – in Preston, Durham and London – but if we’re ever together, we try to go out running. We recently came back from a holiday in the Hebrides, and we managed to get out and stretch our legs a few times while we were there."