Four years after swearing “never again”, a Putney vet is entering the final stages of her training for marathon number two… and a half!

Ruth Gloster, based at the Goddard Veterinary Group, is raising funds for All Dogs Matter – a charity that rescues and rehomes dogs in London and Norfolk.  

This year’s London Marathon, which takes place on April 13, will be Ruth’s second marathon after she completed the Edinburgh Marathon in 2010.

She said: “I was a casual runner when I ran the Edinburgh Marathon, but, since then, I’ve been bitten by the running bug and now run with the Clapham Chasers. After Edinburgh, I said I’d never do another one – but who could say no to a place in the London Marathon?

“I train six days a week and love it. I’ve entered the Reading Half Marathon as a warm up. I’m hoping to complete the race in three and a half hours so fingers crossed I don’t get injured along the way.”

Ruth has a particular interest in feline medicine, but explained why she chose a dog charity.

“Every day at work I see dogs whose lives have been transformed through being rehomed. All Dogs Matter is a small, local charity which does fantastic work fostering and rehoming dogs and I hope my efforts will help more find a loving new home.”

Anyone wanting to support Ruth can do so at

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