Marathon challenge for Danny

Musical director Danny Whitby is swapping his music sheets for running shoes when it takes part in the Virgin London Marathon on April 21.

Danny, who hails from Wisbech but is based in London, is raising money for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

He is appealing for sponsorship explaining training is going well.

“I hadn’t run since leaving Wisbech Grammar School in 1995 until July last year. Now I’m currently training five days a week and, at the moment, running a distance of between 45-50 miles each week.

“The training is particularly tough during the winter months but it is going well as I’m currently doing 20 miles in 2 hours 50 minutes and as hard as it is, I’m thoroughly enjoying the challenge.”

Danny started his marathon training at the start of January - at the same time as starting rehearsals for ‘A Chorus Line’ of which Danny is Deputy Musical Director at The London Palladium.

“The rehearsals were 10am to 6pm, six days a week, so I had to train either during the dark hours about 7am, or by running home from rehearsals in Tottenham Court Road at the end of the day. It was a particularly tough time in the cold weather and long days, but knowing it was all to help such a wonderful and worthwhile charity really did spur me on,” said Danny.

“If anyone would like to sponsor me I would be so grateful of anyone’s support,” he added, #

Donations can be made via Danny’s Virgin Money Giving fundraising page: or follow Danny on Twitter @DannysRun4Dogs.

Sue Whitby is collecting donations on Danny’s behalf and can be contacted on 01945-464665.

Sue is also organising a coach from Wisbech to the marathon. Seats are £11.50. Call Sue or email her at: to book tickets.