Martin's support for deaf charity

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MARTIN Pampel is to run the London Marathon - for the fifth year in a row.

The 31-year-old will head to the capital on Sunday, April 26 for the world famous event.

He will be raising money for the National Deaf Children's Society.

Martin, who was born in London but lives in Prestwich, said: "It is a charity that means a lot to me as I was born with a hearing loss.

"It is committed to creating a world without barriers for deaf children, campaigning for change and providing support for deaf children and their families."

Martin, who works at the BBC as a researcher and scheduler, has also twice taken part in the British 10k London Run, as well as participated in a number of other 10k races in Salford and Essex.

"I am hoping to run the marathon faster than last year, which was three hours, 27 minutes and 51 seconds," he said.

"I have actually beaten my previous year's finishing time with each year that I have done the marathon.

"There are so many factors to consider, such as the weather, temperature, humidity, wind speed, altitude and my general fitness."

Martin has run nearly 1,000 miles since he started training for the 26 miles.

He explained: "I am running it because I am passionate about raising money for good causes.

"Despite the severe pounding my knees and feet are going to take, I actually rather enjoy it.

"It is hard work, but the crowds always spur you on.

"Every time I have done the marathon, the atmosphere has been incredible. You don't really get that atmosphere anywhere else."

Martin is hoping to raise at least 2,000.

And to help his funding along, he has organised a sweepstake at work to guess his finishing time, held cake sales and is also organising, writing and hosting a quiz evening on Sunday, May 10 (7pm) at Manchester Maccabi, Prestwich.

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