Seaton pair make a Bee line for London Marathon

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:19 24 April 2017

Michelle and Jim Bee running the Virgin London Marathon

Michelle and Jim Bee running the Virgin London Marathon

Seaton runners, Jim and Michelle Bee will be taking part in the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday (April 23) in aid of two worthy causes.

The husband and wife team were lucky to gain ballot places for this year’s event and have decided to raise money for two separate charities.

Jim, a former Flight Sergeant in the RAF is running for 
the Royal Air Forces Association whilst Michelle, who is 
the administrator at Seaton Primary School, is raising funds for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

Michelle, who is running in her second London Marathon, having competed in the 2013 race, is hoping that this year’s experience will be more enjoyable being accompanied by her husband and training partner, Jim who is running in his first ever marathon.

Speaking about her previous experience, Michelle said: “Last time it was very hot and I suffered from dehydration and hit the wall at around 20 miles. I was disappointed with my time in 2013 and this time I really want to enjoy the day and soak up the unique atmosphere.”

Jim competing in his first full distance event is feeling confident. He said: “We have followed a good plan and put the miles in, even competing in a few half marathons to get race experience.

“It is odd to think we have been training for this 
since Christmas but we are ready and looking forward to the big day.”

As they have trained together, they are planning to run the 26.2 mile route around the streets of London as a couple although they haven’t decided yet who will cross the line first!

Both Jim and Michelle have set up Just Giving pages for their chosen charities and if you wish to donate to either please feel free to do so. https:www.justgiving.comfundraisingMichelle-Bee for the DAAT or https:www.justgiving.comfundraisingJim-Bee for the RAF Association.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Midweek Herald. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest from the Midweek Herald