Andy Shea Amber's marathon man 2021

London Marathon: Amber runner Shea confident of completing virtual marathon

Amber Trust’s London Marathon Man Andy Shea is confident a tricky month will not derail his efforts to complete the 26.2mile challenge. 

The 34-year-old has found it difficult to fit in training during September after his two-year-old daughter Poppy – who is a current Little Amber award holder and suffers with rare genetic condition Fraser syndrome – had surgery on her hands. 

The Caterham carpenter, who has so far raised more than £1,100 including gift aid, is hoping to beat five hours, 30 minutes for the virtual version of Sunday’s famous event and is pounding a route via his friends’ houses for support. 

“I’ve been finding it hard to train as Poppy had surgery on the 17th to separate her index finger from the rest of her fingers, as her hands are webbed,” he said this week. 

“She’s been in pain and I haven’t wanted to leave her, but I feel confident I have what it takes to finish the marathon.” 

Chris Guy, whose wife Emily is an AmberPlus practitioner in Birmingham, is also running to raise money for the Amber Trust. 

“Emily works with children with various learning difficulties and complex needs,” he writes on his fundraising page. 

“She uses music as a way of opening up the worlds of these children and their families so they can communicate more effectively and express themselves.

“The Amber Trust pairs Emily with families to provide free music sessions and instruments so music can become an integral part of their home.

“Your support is most appreciated and will go on to improve the lives of many children and their families.” 

To support Andy Shea, Chris Guy and The Amber Trust visit their Virgin Money Giving fundraising pages at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndyShea and https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisGuy1 respectively.