Monday, 13 April 2015

Pilot, paramedic and reporter prepare for Brighton Marathon

Photos: Ben Mundy pictured at the Air Ambulance base at Marden

BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Three’s Ben Mundy will be among Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s team of runners in Sunday’s Brighton Marathon.

One of the helicopter’s pilots, Mark Howard-Smith, and Lewis Price, a paramedic, will also be running in aid of the lifesaving charity which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Newsbeat reporter Ben, from Sittingbourne, is aiming to complete only his second marathon after completing the London Marathon two years ago.

The former Borden Grammar School pupil, who now lives in south-east London, has been pounding the streets on his way home from work in preparation for the race.

Ben, 30, said: “I decided to support the air ambulance after covering a news story about cycling accidents, which the helicopter is often called to.

“I’m from Kent and I have seen the service used several times, although never needed it myself thank goodness.”

Two years ago, Ben ran the London Marathon and raised £1,800 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children after growing close to the charity while working at Invicta FM and BBC Radio Kent.

He is aiming to complete Sunday’s marathon in under four hours after clocking 4hrs, 20mins on his first 26-mile run. Mark and Lewis, from Deal, will also be among the charity’s team of 20 runners.

Air Ambulance Head of Community Engagement Amy Hamer said: “This is a really special year for us at the air ambulance as we celebrate our Silver Jubilee so it’s great to have such a headline act as Ben as one of our runners, and some of our crew.”

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