Gainsborough Striders ready for London Marathon

Photo L-R Paschal Moran, Wayne Greenfield, Chris Litherland, Jane Catley, Jane Benson, Martin Edwards, Craig Ward, Mick Wood
Photo L-R Paschal Moran, Wayne Greenfield, Chris Litherland, Jane Catley, Jane Benson, Martin Edwards, Craig Ward, Mick Wood

Ten members of the Gainsborough and Morton Striders are making the journey down to the capital this weekend for the 35th Virgin Money London Marathon.

Among the party are veteran local runner legend Paschal Moran, who first got into running in 1981 after hearing about the London Marathon.

The 69-year-old has been voted an Honorary Life Member of the club in honour of his continuing running.

Members will also be raising money for charity during the race with Craig Ward,running in the club’s charity place for LAM Action.

Craig, who will be making his London debut, has raised a massive £2,700.

Jane Catley is raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society and Mick Wood, in his first marathon, is running for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Mick, who is running in one of the club’s three places, is enjoying the prospect of running London for the first time, describing it as a ‘chance of a lifetime.’

The other club places are filled by Martin Edwards and another first timer, Wayne Greenfield.

The rest of the Striders’ field is made up of Jane Benson, making her 10th successive London appearance and Chris Litherland, in his second London outing, together with debutants Rebecca Cross and Kirsty Pell.

Anyone feeling inspired to take up running after seeing the marathon on TV can take part in the club’s Couch to 5k programmes on Tuesday 28th April.

More details can be found on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StridersC25K?fref=ts