Ladies to run marathon

Two of West Ham United Ladies' senior players will run this year's Flora London Marathon on Sunday 26 April.

Midfielder Katie Holmes, who is also the club's women's and girls' development officer, and forward Gemma Shepherd will be among the 35,000-plus runners taking to the streets of the capital.

The pair will be running in aid of Nightingale, a charity that provides residential and nursing home care in Clapham for older people suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. For more information about the charity, visit

With the Ladies facing an important away match at Charlton Athletic the same afternoon, coach Tony Marshall and the girls' team-mates have joked that they are the pair can set a record-breaking time before turning out for the team!

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West Ham are up to third in the Tesco FA Women's Premier League South table after beating Keynsham Town 4-2 at Thurrock on Sunday. Leading scorer Sam Pittuck netted a brace, while further goals were added by Shepherd and Toni-Anne Wayne. The victory took the Hammers level on 33 points with second-placed Barnet with two games remaining.

Charlton, who West Ham face in their next fixture, are fourth and have also mustered 33 points. However, the Addicks and the Bees both have a game in-hand over Marshall's team. The Hammers will be confident of victory at Charlton, though, having won six and drawn four of the ten away league matches they have contested this season.