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Marathon trouper Reverend Cooper - Action Medical Research salutes you!

11 February 2005

‘Most people think I’m a lunatic and they’d be right!’

Veteran marathon runner and Vicar, Clive Cooper, runs his fifth and possibly his final London Marathon in 2005, for his favourite charity Action Medical Research. This will bring his total number of marathons to 17! God clearly loves a trier! Clive’s divine record of marathons include: London which he has completed four times, New York, Paris (completed twice), Boston, Seven Sisters (a Beachy Head event he ran four times), Wessex, St. Albans, Ireland (where he undertook a quadrathon) and Niagara Falls – give that man a Mars bar!

Throughout his marathon history, Clive’s personal best peaked at 2hrs, 59 minutes and 6 seconds. He is now 66 years young and living proof that age is certainly no barrier to being in good shape. He regularly runs around his home town of Bideford in Devon, spurred on by the spectacular landscape and the good causes his sponsorship supports. “*Most people think I’m a lunatic and they’d be right! I go running locally, and with beautiful scenery it’s effortless and I enjoy it. It’s a great privilege to run the FLORA London Marathon on behalf of the Action Medical Research team.*” In excess of £30,000 has been raised by his running efforts overall, with half the funds going to Action Medical Research. He’s aiming to raise a further £2000 at this year’s marathon for the charity, as their cause is close to his heart.

“I would do anything for Action Medical Research, and I feel deeply about their campaign Touching Tiny Lives. I baptised triplets who were born prematurely, all weighing less than a kilogram, who struggled to survive. I personally know therefore, my sponsorship is going to a worthwhile cause.”

Action Medical Research have a total of 86 runners on their team for this years FLORA London Marathon, including welly wearing, furry favourite, Paddington Bear.


Alison Blower; PR Officer;
Tel: 01403 327404;

Touching Tiny Lives is Action Medical Research’s new campaign to give the most vulnerable babies in this country a better start in life. More research is needed to ensure that all babies, especially babies born prematurely, grow up healthy. Touching Tiny Lives aims to raise £3 million to help fund a range of vital research.

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