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Radio reporter’s marathon aim

By Gemma Constable

Radio 1 Newsbeat reporter Ben Mundy who will be running the London Marathon for Demelza Hospice Care for Children

BBC Radio One’s Ben Mundy is pounding the streets as he prepares to run the London Marathon for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

The 28-year-old Newsbeat reporter, who hails from Sittingbourne, has not forgotten the vital work of the charity he grew close to while working as a DJ in Kent, for stations including Invicta FM and BBC Radio Kent.

His training is well advanced and this week, Ben, who now lives in Battersea, has already clocked up an 18-mile run.

He built up his mileage over Christmas when he returned to his parents’ home in Milton Regis.

The former Borden Grammar School pupil even put his trainers on for a Christmas Day run.

He is aiming to complete the marathon in just under three-and-a-half hours, with the work of Demelza uppermost in his mind.

Ben said: “The work they do for children and their families is amazing and it all relies on voluntary contributions.

“When I saw for myself the incredible work they are doing, the size of the building and staff involved in keeping it going, it’s no longer a place I just drive past.”

Ben, who will take part in the marathon on April 21, is aiming to raise £1,600 for Demelza and is appealing for sponsorship.

  • You can sponsor him online or to donate £5 text BENM84 to 70070
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