Driver gets off the buses for marathon effort

Stagecoach bus driver Sean Smith who is doing the London Marathon for the MacMillan Cancer Charity.

Stagecoach bus driver Sean Smith who is doing the London Marathon for the MacMillan Cancer Charity.

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BUS driver Sean Smith is gearing up to take a on a new route – 26 miles and 385 yards through the heart of London.

Stagecoach North East driver Sean is taking part in the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, April 17 to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care.

The 34-year-old engaged father-of-two, from Sunderland, said: “I’m really looking forward to the marathon. I love the challenge of taking part and the buzz when you cross the finish line is brilliant. It will be the sixth time I’ve run in the London Marathon and my goal is to try and finish it in under three hours.”

This will be Sean’s seventh marathon having taken part in the Edinburgh Marathon last year. His personal best time for the London Marathon is 2hrs 53mins.

He has also completed the Great North Run every year for the past 18 years and will head back up to Edinburgh, as well as taking part in the Great North Run, later this year too.

“I feel lucky to enjoy running and to be able to take part in the marathon, so I thought I would try and raise some money for a good cause as well,” he said.

“I don’t have a personal connection to Macmillan Cancer Care, but I do know friends and colleagues who have benefited from their services so I want to raise as much as I can for them as I’ve seen how vital their services were to them.

“My colleagues at Stagecoach North East are always supportive and I’m grateful for the encouragement they give me by putting their hand in their pockets to sponsor me.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Sean should visit his JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Sean-Smith1976