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Issue:- Thursday, 11 August 2016

Headlines and reports on this page = 3 news items.    Page - 6.

Southport's Nicki tops London Marathon's

A 29 year old, from Southport, who claims to be "no runner at all" now shares a unique bond with the joint winners of the 1st London Marathon.

Nicki Ainsworth clocked 5:56.25 to finish the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon in 36,082nd place. Little did she know that by doing this she became the 1,000,001st finisher in the 36 year history of the event and therefore number 1 of #2ndmillion.

The #2ndmillion project is the second phase of the #oneinamillion campaign which celebrated every runner who successfully completed the 26.2 mile challenge since the first race in 1981.

Shannon Foudy, 39, a serving Police Officer from Hemel Hempstead, became the millionth finisher of the Virgin Money London Marathon when she crossed the line in 36,081 place on 24 April 2016.

But Nicki now has the prestige of becoming number 1 in the #2ndmillion campaign as the Virgin Money London Marathon starts the countdown to its two millionth finisher.

Nicki now shares being number one with the joint winners of the 1st London Marathon:- Dick Beardsley (USA) and Inge Simonsen (Norway) who famously crossed the Finish Line hand in hand in 1981.

"It's a bit of a family joke... My older sister Sarah, who did the London Marathon in 2010, always says she is number one, but she can't this time! I knew I was close to being the millionth finisher but when I went on the London Marathon website to look at my results, it was a bit confusing to see me down as number 1.  My 1st thought was 'that can't be right', but then it became clear that it was number 1 for the #2ndmillion and that's a nice thing to be able to say."
said Nicki.

Nicki was making her marathon debut in London but following in family footsteps. In addition to sister Sarah, mum Judith and brother-in-law David have also run the 26.2 miles of London.

"It's become something of a family tradition. It was the 1st time I had done it and I'm by no means a runner. It was a really good experience. I had only done a 5k before training for the marathon so it was a bit of a struggle, but it really felt like an achievement when I had done it." said Nicki, who was raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Every finisher in the history of the London Marathon is able to buy a special commemorative t-shirt with their unique finisher number, with all proceeds going to the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

For those that finished in the first million, their finisher number between 1 and 1,000,000 will be printed on #oneinamillion T-shirts, and for those that finished after Nicki in 2016 (and in future years), their finisher number, again starting from 1; will be printed on #2ndmillion T-shirts.

To order your T-shirt, visit:- VirginMoneyLondonMarathon.com.

Over a quarter of people in the North West 'forget' to say goodbye to loved ones

NEW statistics from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) reveal that 61% of people in the North West don't tell their partners they love them before leaving the house each morning and 21% don't usually kiss their loved ones goodbye. The BHF commissioned a survey of 2,000 UK adults to highlight the sudden devastation of heart disease and how the BHF's life saving research is bringing hope to the 901,850 people in the North West living with these conditions. The most popular excuse for dashing out of the house without a goodbye was forgetting (26%).

Many couples in the North West aren't following old wives' tales either, as an astonishing 61% of couples go to bed on an argument with 50% leaving the house in the morning before making up. Heart disease is heartless and can strike anyone, at any time. It tears families apart without warning, leaving them no time to say goodbye to their loved ones.

In the UK, more than a quarter of all deaths are caused by heart and circulatory disease, which equates to one person every three minutes. Research is the answer to this devastation and the BHF is urging the public to invest in its life saving heart research.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, adds:- "Many of us lead very busy lives and time with our loved ones is precious. Heart disease can suddenly affect anyone at any time and has a huge emotional impact on those left behind. We have committed to funding ˝ a billion pounds of research over the next 5 years into these conditions that continue to devastate the lives of over 7 million people in the UK each year. It is only thanks to the public's generosity that we're able to continue our fight against heart disease, but we urgently need more support to accelerate this research to keep more families together."

For over 50 years, research funded by BHF has helped save and improve the lives of millions of people living with heart conditions. Whether it's a parent dying from a sudden heart attack or a baby being born with a congenital heart defect, our research is identifying new treatments to help prevent, treat and one day beat heart disease.

More research is urgently needed if we're to end the sudden devastation caused by heart disease. With research there is hope, find out more by visiting:- BHF.Org.UK/Hope.

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