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Essex sisters embark on marathon challenge

Two Essex sisters who work for the same housebuilder are putting on their trainers in aid of a children’s cancer charity.

Ellen Colebourne and Sara Grainger – who both work for Persimmon Homes – will be running in aid of The Gavin Glynn Foundation.

Braintree’s Ellen will be taking on three marathons in six weeks, with full-length runs in Oslo on September 17th and Dublin on October 30th, as well as the Maldon Half Marathon on September 25th where she’ll be joined by Sara, 32, from Witham.

The 40-year-old regional training manager said: “It’ll be fantastic to run alongside my sister Sara for the Maldon Half Marathon, all in aid of a great cause.

“There’s no competition between us both and I’m sure we’ll spur each other on.

“I’ve done the Oslo and Dublin marathons before and really enjoyed them both, so I’m looking forward to pulling my trainers back on!”

The Gavin Glynn Foundation is an Irish charity which raises money to support families that have children with cancer – and it’s one that is very close to Ellen’s heart.

She added: “The foundation is very important to me after my friend’s little boy Mike Tracey was diagnosed with cancer last October.

“Thankfully he was lucky enough to get the all clear earlier this month, but they still do some brilliant work in supporting families and it’s a cause I’m thrilled to be running for.”

Ellen, originally from Derbyshire, lived in Gran Canaria for 11 years before moving to Braintree two years ago.

Persimmon Homes Essex is currently building at Hampton Park in Stanway, Hamilton Gate in Frinton, HRC Ware in Ware and Cromwell Place in Little Dunmow.

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