A DOCTOR who grew up in Oxford said her emergency and accident medical training has helped prepare her to take on the London Marathon.

Dr Kate Stein, 29, is taking part with her friend and former classmate Jess Osbourne, 29. The friends, grew up in Summertown and attended Cherwell School but now live in London.

Dr Stein, who works at Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone, said: “A&E taught me the importance of stretching and of getting really well-fitting trainers.

“For four month I was constantly putting people in plaster and managing broken bones.”

She added: “London is such a miserable place in so many ways, but the marathon is one day when you feel united with your fellow Londoners.”

The friends are raising money for Oxford research and treatment charity,the Dyslexia Research Trust, founded by Dr Stein’s father, John Stein.

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