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First lady in London for marathon

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PSCU
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at Heathrow airport in London, upon her arrival in time for preparations to participate in the London Marathon on Sunday.Photo/PSCU
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at Heathrow airport in London, upon her arrival in time for preparations to participate in the London Marathon on Sunday.Photo/PSCU
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and her marathon team training at Kensington Gardens in London. This is in preparation for the London Marathon through which the First Lady aims to raise awareness for The Beyond Zero Campaign. Photo/PSCU
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and her marathon team training at Kensington Gardens in London. This is in preparation for the London Marathon through which the First Lady aims to raise awareness for The Beyond Zero Campaign. Photo/PSCU

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta arrived in London, United Kingdom yesterday for the 42km marathon that will take place on Sunday.

The plane carrying the First Lady and her entourage touched down at Heathrow Airport shortly before 7am local time.

They were received by the Kenyan High Commissioner Ephraim Ngare and the commission’s staff.

Participants in the marathon will run across some of London’s iconic landmarks and tourist attractions including the Tower Bridge, the Cutty Sark, Canary Wharf and the London Eye.

The First Lady is participating in the marathon to raise awareness and funds for her ‘Beyond Zero Campaign’, which she launched on January 24.

The initiative is aimed at improving maternal and child healthcare in Kenya and helping the implementation of the national plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections from mothers to children.

The First Lady is making history as the spouse of a sitting President to participate in the marathon.

Other prominent personalities taking part are the UK’s Minister for Children and Families Edward Timpson and several MPs, who are running for charity.