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Duffy’s Dirty Dozen
Name: Mark Blackwell
Age: 41
Job title & company: Marketing director, Derbyshire
current weight: 12st 13lb
proposed running weight: 12st 7lb
previous marathon experience: Flora London Marathon 2004.
MARATHOn personal best time: 4:56.
expected NYC Time: 4:30.
dietary changes: No cake. Drinking less. Pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
target fundraising amount: 10,000.
why am i doing this? Isn’t there a party on the Sunday night? I said I’d do two marathons and then retire. I enjoy a challenge, the run and the fundraising. Also, I’ve got 6,000 songs on my iPod and am aim to have listened to every one by the time I finish training. On a serious note, this is the chance of a lifetime to make a difference and raise more than 10,000 for Rainbows Children’s Hospice. The Derbyshire has had a special relationship with Rainbows ever since it opened 12 years ago and I am delighted to be in a position to run for it. Rainbows is a place for living, where much fun and stimulation is provided to enrich the short lives of the children who visit.
who would i most like to run behind?
The person who doesn’t need any of the portaloos.

Name: Ian Morgan
Age: 38
Job title & company: Contract and accounts manager, Newcastle
current weight: 16st 7lb
proposed running weight: 15st

previous marathon experience: Marathon virgin.
Marathon personal best time: N/A.
expected NYC Time: 5:00.
dietary changes: Massive – no snacks or rubbish, no Diet Coke. Serious evaluation of my diet is underway – I have started eating green things and pasta.
target fundraising amount: 2,500.
why am i doing this?
When Angus MacNaughton mentioned the New York Marathon in December it seemed a lifetime away and when I eventually said yes he stopped ringing and asking if I was going to join the team. Seriously, as someone who had a skirmish with Hodgkins’ Disease a few years ago it is great to support Macmillan Cancer Relief. I was lucky with my prognosis and by doing this I feel I’m supporting the people who were there for me when I needed them. I hope to do my bit to help people who are trying to improve the lives of those living with cancer.
who would i most like to run behind? I will try to find a team from the St John Ambulance service to run behind, just in case.


Dear Delia

My clients bought their property with a sub-prime lender due to their credit history under the Right to Buy Scheme in December 2005. The property is valued at 100,000 and they owe 46,000 on their mortgage. They incurred a County Court judgement of 4,500 in February 2006, which they satisfied in June. They wish to raise 29,000 to consolidate debts and make home improvements. What are their options?

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