Picture of ITV News West Country Presenter, Jonty Messer wearing a suitITV News West Country Presenter, Jonty Messer is taking on the London Marathon this year in aid of Penny Brohn UK. Having attempted the marathon in 2010 in memory of his cousin he is determined to complete the 26.2 mile race and make his cousin proud as well as raise vital funds for the charity.

Jonty, who presents ITV News West Country at 6pm on ITV each week night, has been braving the winter weather in his spare time by training after taking his children to school and sneaking out for a lunchtime run at work! Jonty also ran the Stroud half in October and is planning to run a local 10k in March.

To raise sponsorship Jonty has organised an auction at work with some great prizes kindly donated by various local groups and is planning to host a quiz in his local pub.

Talking about running the London Marathon, Jonty said: “This is my second attempt at running the London Marathon. I ran in 2010 in memory of my youngest cousin, Fergus, who had recently died from cancer. But at 22 miles I overheated and collapsed. Not finishing bothers me every day. This time round I’ll be raising money for Penny Brohn to help people with cancer and I’ll make sure Fergus knows I finished it after all this time!

“I’ve been to Penny Brohn a few times now and hosted a couple of summer fundraising events for them; so I’ve seen first-hand the wonderful work they do and the support they provide to people with cancer and their loved ones in such a fantastic environment. The staff are so lovely and passionate and they always seem to go above and beyond and you can tell they have a great relationship with everyone who visits. I hope my fundraising can in some small part contribute to the wonderful work they do.”

Emma Gilmore, Head of Community and Challenge Events at Penny Brohn UK said: “Jonty has been an amazing supporter of Penny Brohn UK for a number of years and we are delighted that he is running the London Marathon for us this April. We are so proud of all the training Jonty has put in and we will be cheering him across the finish line! All the sponsorship money raised will help us support more people affected by cancer to live as well as possible for as long as possible. A big thank you and good luck to Jonty!”

Jonty is hoping to raise £3000 for Penny Brohn UK; to sponsor Jonty visit Jonty’s JustGiving page. To keep up-to-date with Jonty’s marathon training and progress follow him on Twitter.

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