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Dentists clock up cash in London Marathon feat

Two dentists raised more than their target sponsorship amount when they ran the Flora London Marathon in aid of dental charity, Bridge2Aid.

Dr Katherine Opie-Smith and Dr Chris Waith completed the 30th London Marathon on Sunday 25 April with more than 35,000 other runners and together, raised over £5,800.

Both have previously worked in Tanzania as part of Bridge2Aid's Dental Volunteer Programme (DVP).

‘It was definitely a good day,' said Katherine, who is also a Bridge2Aid Trustee and works at the Dulwich Village Dental Practice in London.

‘My time was 4:35:55. I was 64 seconds slower than when I did it in 2008 but ultimately I had fun. Need some time to recover though, lots of blisters!'

Chris works at Cahill Dental Care Practice in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

He said: ‘‘At first I thought I was going into it a tad under-prepared. I had shin splints and a sprained ankle in the lead-up to the Marathon and I was just praying that sheer willpower will get me through! The last six miles or so were my hardest, but the crowds were amazing and kept me going through the constant encouragement and cheering or the occasional crafty penny chew!

‘All in all, it left me extremely tired and emotional but the thought of my gorgeous family Michelle and baby Dylan, who have supported me throughout, as well as those amazing people I met in Tanzania last year kept me going until the end.'

Chris completed the Marathon in 4:15:34 and is continuing his support of Bridge2Aid by entering the BUPA Great Manchester Run on 16 May and the BUPA Great North Run on 19 September. To donate, please visit his Just Giving page, www.justgiving.com/chriswaith.

The funds that Katherine and Chris have raised will go directly towards Bridge2Aid's work of helping Tanzanians who live in rural, remote locations to have access to safe, emergency dentistry.

• Bridge2Aid is still looking for BUPA London 10K runners to fill the remaining few places. Minimum sponsorship is £500 and deadline for registration is 3 May, so don't delay! Any interested parties should visit www.bridge2aid.org or email fundraising@bridge2aid.org.

 Posted on : Tue 27th - Apr - 2010

 

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