Taking on the marathon for Appledown Rescue Centre

Jo with her dogs Bronte and Isla
Jo with her dogs Bronte and Isla

A Veterinary Surgeon for Ark House Vets is getting ready to take part in the London marathon on Sunday to raise money for Appledown Rescue Centre.

Johanna Sharples, of Stewkley, has been training for her first London marathon for the last year.

Johanna Sharples training for the London marathon

Johanna Sharples training for the London marathon

The 24-year-old said: “Running the London marathon has always been an ambition of mine, I felt now was the right time for me to take on the challenge.

“I have been running during the week for a year now and in December I increased the distance I was running on a Sunday.

“I feel really prepared for the challenge on Sunday, I am a member of Leighton Athletics Club which has helped with my training, they are very supportive and always looking for new members.”

Johanna is hoping to raise £750 for the rescue centre takes in and rehomes unwanted pets.

She said: “We do the vet work for Appledown and I have a good relationship with them.

“They have a really good attitude and ethos, I think they are one of the better animal charities that I have come across.”

Julie Shelton, who runs Appledown Rescue, said: “We are really touched that Jo has chosen Appledown to support when running the London marathon - it will make such a difference to the very vulnerable pets in our care.”

To make a donation, go to: www.virginmoneygiving.com/JohannaSharples