Striding out in the London Marathon

Gainsborough and Morton Striders going to the London Marathon
Gainsborough and Morton Striders going to the London Marathon

Gainsborough and Morton Striders will be well represented at one of the world’s most famous races this weekend.

The club is sending a team of runners to the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, and they’ll all be going through ‘the wall’ for good causes.

By far the most popular story this year is of club veteran Paschal Moran who will be running the 26.2 miles of London for the 26th time.

This will be his 135th marathon.

A club spokesman told the Standard: “Paschal is a true inspiration to us all.”

Kevin Housham will be competing in his seventh marathon, and his fifth London Marathon, and he’s hoping for a massive personal best as he runs for Cancer Research UK.

The club’s new secretary Chris Litherland wants to improve on the time he set in his marathon debut last season, while Mark Cutts and Emily Birch will be taking on the 26.2 mile course for the very first time.

Birch is just out to enjoy the big event.

She said: “I’m running for the experience, I’ve gone from hating running to loving it.”

Cutts will be raising money for ACT for SMA.

Mark Rodgers runs in one of the club allocated slots and this will be his third marathon.

Alan Clark has been selected through his work with the RAF Vets Team and this is his second London appearance.

Three of the club’s female runners, two of them veterans of the race, will also take to the start line at Blackheath.

Jane Catley in her fifth London marathon, Jane Benson in her 12th appearance and eighth in succession, and Lorna Allison in her London debut will wear the club’s colours, with the latter raising cash for the SMS Foundation.

Missing from the team photo are Sophie Hempsall who is raising money for SENSE, Paul Dagg and Ronnie Staton.