Two members of the H&H team will be running the London Marathon this Sunday (25 April) in aid of World Horse Welfare and the Spinal Injuries Association.

Managing editor Karen Spinner and deputy picture editor Emma McCall will be lining up for the iconic 26.2-mile London Marathon in aid of World Horse Welfare and the Spinal Injuries Association/Tristram Ricketts Appeal respectively.

It is the first time either of the running rookies has taken part in a marathon and both are feeling excited — if a little daunted — by the prospect.

“I’m both looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time,” said Karen.

“The training has been really hard and the schedule has seemed impossible at times, but knowing that I’m running for such a good cause is so inspiring.

“People have been so incredibly generous in their support and I really hope that keeps me going when the fatigue sets in at about mile four!”

And Emma, who is running as part of a 21-strong team, added: “I know on the day there will be sense of huge achievement, but currently I am petrified!

“I’ve had a few setbacks in training but am really looking forward to the atmosphere and the fact I’m running for such a worthy charity, one that is so close to my heart. I’m sure it will motivate me enough to get me through the gruelling 26 miles.

Both girls are closing in on their sponsorship targets and all donations are gratefully received.

To support Karen, please visit www.justgiving.com/karenspinner, while Emma can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/horseracingslondonmarathon2010