Bella Roberts is another runner for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 and an existing supporter and fundraiser of the National Eczema Society, having taken on the Great Bristol Run in 2014, raising around £900 to provide much-needed support for those living with eczema.
Having run the Bath Half Marathon and the Bristol Half Marathon, this is Bella's first attempt at a full Marathon. Bella says "Ever since I watched my Dad run the London Marathon when I was little, I have always said that I will run it one day. The National Eczema Society is a very important cause to me and so it made sense to combine the two!"
Running 2 or 3 times a week, Bella is gradually increasing her distance, as well as doing shorter sprints and circuit training, even managing to rope in a few of her friends to go running with her so that she has some company. It was a challenge keeping it up over the festive season, but set up a training programme for the New Year that she's committed to keeping up.
Bella would love to complete the course in under 4 hours and her family and friends will be there to support her on the day.
Inspiration comes from her younger brother, Freddie, who suffers from severe atopic eczema. Bella says "It is an extremely distressing condition - both physically and psychologically - and it presents Freddie with daily challenges and difficulties. The stoicism that he demonstrates as he copes with his illness is so impressive that I think the least I can do is run 26 miles ...!"
Bella would be extremely grateful for any donations to her Justgiving page which you can find here.
Inspiration comes from her younger brother, Freddie, who suffers from severe atopic eczema.