Recent new member (joined April 2017) Laurie Johnston is about to embark on a 62 day effort to run 10k a day. Covering 620km in total he is raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of his wife Linda.
In his own words:
“Linda, my wife, died on the 22 March 2017 from breast cancer aged 62.
She fought against this dreadful disease for 4 years, and throughout this battle, she remained positive and never complained despite the effects of the chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other medication.
Linda’s outlook to life was amazing; she liked to enjoy herself, have fun and was loved by all. Even during her illness, she tried to carry on as normal. It was only in the latter part of her illness that life became difficult.
Looking back, I was lucky to have met such wonderful person. She was a truly inspirational wife and mum who was always there for Mark, my son, and myself never mind her many relatives and friends. This was reflected by the amazing number of people at Linda’s funeral.
In her memory, I will be running 10k for 62 (Linda’s age) consecutive days from Friday 8 September to Wednesday 8 November before her 63rd birthday on Thursday 9 November. Anyone who wants to keep me company by walking or running a little bit with me is more than welcome; it doesn’t matter how far – 1k will be fine.”
Congratulations to members Kevin Stone, Greg Whiteman and Richard Goulder who completed the North Downs Way 50 on Saturday. The grueling course takes in some extremely tough hills yet all three members completed with a smile on their face.
Richard Goulder finished the 50 miles in the top 100 finishers in 10:17:36. He was followed by Greg who put on a strong finish to get 11:12:54 and club captain Kevin Stone was well under his 12 hour goal in 11:43:27.
In other running news this weekend, members Ann Bath and Beverley Gow completed a 6-hour double with events on Friday and Sunday. They were flying high at the Top Gun run on Friday and doing anything but resting at the pajama run on Sunday. Well done ladies!
It’s that time of year again when the club helps to take the worry out of getting to the start line of the London marathon and we have booked the usual bus to get everyone to the start, or at least as close the roads will allow that is.
So if you are a runner looking to get to the start or a spectator looking to head up early to support the runners then get your name down for the bus now. The cost of the one way trip will be the usual £5 per head but remember the bus will not be bringing you back.
To grab your seat head on over to the sign up sheet -> here <- and leave your details
Despite our club name, to become a member you do not need to be able to run the 26.2 miles of a marathon. Our members race across many different distances up to and including marathons. Some like to take it one step further and go for ultras. Running distances over a marathon these runners always inspire us. Two recent ultra achievements were made by members Ann Bath and Dennis Brandrick.
First off, Ann competed in the Open race at European 24 hour Championship at Albi, France over the weekend of 22nd/23rd October. This event consists of multiple laps of a 1.1km circuit. Ann ran a huge 112.3 miles (180.8km) in 24 hours. This came only 5 weeks after her record breaking performance at Tooting’s 24 hour track event and she only ran 3.7 miles less than her record. A highlight for Ann was being able to share the course with the silver medal winning GB men’s team and to witness Dan Lawson win with 162.7 miles.
Dennis competed in Jedburgh Three Peaks Ultra on 29th October. He completed the 38 mile trail race in 9:07:48. He describes it as by far the toughest but most enjoyable race he has ever done. There is a good reason for this as the race included over 3100ft of climbing. Someone should really let Dennis know there are races nearer to home than Scotland. As an ever present at Edinburgh marathon and having also competed in Glasgow marathon this year, Dennis can’t resist a trip north of the border.
Well done to both members for achieving these ultra impressive feats.
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