Bexley Judokwai’s Masters star Louise Dunsford turns marathon runner for charity

Former World Masters silver medallist Louise Dunsford is being backed all the way by her club Bexley Judokwai as she prepares to run the London Marathon for Great Ormond Street Children’s charity on 22 April.

The 35-year-old, a senior accountant at Sumitomo Corporation, has set the target of raising £2,012 for the charity which the club is also supporting with a special gala night to take place on Saturday 7 April.

Husband and fellow Bexley judo coach Dave Dunsford said: “Louise is a true inspiration, she runs 12 miles every Sunday and gets into work an hour early three days a week to run ‘The Bridges’ Southwark to Vauxhall bridge and back.

“On her ‘off’ days she relaxes by doing several gym classes such as boxfit and spinning as well as judo training on a Sunday afternoon.”

The club’s Charity Gala Night will feature some familiar names to those in the Olympic sport as Tsukuru Academy head coach and former World Masters champion Dave ‘Elvis’ Quinn, 5th Dan, will perform along with Bexley’s own coach Peter Azzopardi.

A champagne reception will be followed by a carvery meal and live music. Tickets are £30 and can be purchased by calling 0208 304 6143. Click here to view the official poster.

If your unable to attend you can still support Louise’s efforts by clicking here to donate online.

Bexley Judokwai train at The Dojo, Sidcup Rugby Club, Sidcup, DA14 6RA. Seniors (Over 16) train on a Tuesday at 20:40 – 22:00. Juniors (Red & Yellow) train on the same day at 18:00 – 19:00 while advanced juniors (above yellow) train at 19:00 – 20:30 with a mixed class on Friday at 18:00 – 20:00.

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