Two Big Issue vendors say they are feeling relaxed ahead of taking on the London Marathon and have even vowed to bring a touch of showmanship to the race.
Andre Rostant, who sells the magazine in Soho and Covent Garden, and Cambridge seller Lee Welham are feeling “optimistic and relaxed” ahead of taking part in the event in aid of the Big Issue Foundation.
The vendors are taking donations ahead of the October 3 run to support the organisation, with nearly £1,200 of their £3,800 target raised so far.
“It’s going to be a fun day out. I’m going to put a bit of showmanship into it,” Lee told The Big Issue. “I’m not training for it, I’ve run marathons before without training and averaged about four and a half hours, so I’m aiming for that.”
The seller wants to help the Foundation fund identification documents such as birth certificates for “as many vendors as possible”.
“It’s a stepping stone to normality,” he said. “To get yourself a bank account and a job you need ID. A lot of vendors haven’t had ID for years and it’s something the average guy takes for granted.