Leamington solicitor to run 26 miles for a charity he knows well

Will Carr in training for the London Marathon, cheered on by Cath Errington, fundraising manager for Heart of England Mencap.

Will Carr in training for the London Marathon, cheered on by Cath Errington, fundraising manager for Heart of England Mencap.

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It won’t take long for this former army captain-turned-lawyer to burn off those extra Christmas calories.

For Will Carr, who works as a trainee solicitor for Wright Hassall in Leamington, has begun training for the London Marathon - the first time he will be running a marathon.

The 29-year-old, who returned from a seven-month tour in Afghanistan in 2011, hopes to raise more than £1,500 for Heart of England Mencap, which supports people with learning disabilities - including his girlfriend’s sister.

Wright Hassall has already pledged to donate £500 towards Will’s fundraising efforts. He said: “I’m hugely grateful to Wright Hassall and to everyone else who has sponsored me already.

“This will be the first time I’ve taken on a full marathon and it’s certainly going to be a challenge, but I’m confident the amazing atmosphere in London on the day – and the fact I’m raising money for a charity I know first-hand does truly amazing things - will keep me going for the 26 miles.”

The London Marathon takes place on April 24. To sponsor Will, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WillCarr