Couple’s joint London Marathon charity mission

Rob and Jane Dales getting eady for thir London Marathon effort.
Rob and Jane Dales getting eady for thir London Marathon effort.

Mum-of-three Jane Dales will be aiming to put her best foot forward this Sunday when she and her husband compete in the London Marathon.

The couple, from South Thoresby near Alford, have an added incentive to finish the daunting 26-mile challenge as both will be raising for important charities.

Jane will be running to raise money for research into leukaemia and lymphoma.

Her dad, Edward Bell - who was well known in Horncastle - died from leukaemia in January, 2012.

Jane said: “Leukaemia is a terrible disease and it would be great to raise as much money as possible to help the research.”

On a lighter note, Jane has another reason to complete the course as she wants to beat her husband, Rob, who will also be competing.

Jane said: “We both ran the London Marathon in 2007 and finished in about four-and-a-half hours. We’re a bit older and don’t run as much; There is a bit of rivalry between us.

The pair have been training hard but Jane admitted the longest she had managed so far was 15 miles.

“We’ve been training but the longest distance I’ve managed is 15 miles. I’m not so sure what’s going to happen over the last 11 miles,” Jane added.

“I’ll just be focussing on trying to get round the course.”

Jane, 39, is mum to children aged seven, six and three.

“I probably covered 26 miles a day looking after them! They keep us on our toes,” explained Jane.

Rob, 42, will be running for research into multiple sclerosis, which affects a member of his family.

Jane added: “We both want to do well. In 2007, we managed to run the course together.

“I don’t think it will be possible this year because we’re starting from different places.

“We’ve got lots of family and friends in Horncastle - along with the children.

Hopefully, they might see us on the TV.”

Anyone wanting to contribute to the couple’s fundraising mission should visit www.justgiving.com/jane-dales or /robert-dales.