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Andrew Gould starts training for the London marathon

International dressage rider Andrew Gould faces a new challenge next year following confirmation of his place in the Virgin London Marathon.

I am fairly fit from riding and playing football, but I don’t think I realise the pain ahead of me,” explained Andrew, who also trains Katie Price.

Andrew will be training with fellow rider Daniel Timson: “Living only around the corner from each other, we should be able to train together — pounding the pavements of Billingshurst and beyond!”

The dressage rider and trainer is raising money for Spinal Research, a charity dedicated to researching spinal cord repair and finding a cure for paralysis. He is currently an ambassador for their , which focuses on helping riders who have suffered serious injuries.

“I know that riding is a high risk sport whether you hack or compete at a high level in a discipline.

“I have had many falls in my career but luckily have walked away without long-term injuries.

“Plenty of people are not so lucky and it’s them I am running for. To get them walking again and back on a horse.”

Last October, Andrew took part in a charity flat race at Goodwood racecourse in aid of Spinal Research.

If you want to donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/andrewpgould

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