Marathon madness! | Action Medical Research

Touching Lives - June 2006

Marathon madness!

The man behind this novel idea was Roland Partridge, a Paediatric Surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Roland says, “I devised the idea while running the London Marathon last year. I was impressed with the awesome array of impressive fancy dress outfits taking part, and started thinking about what would constitute the ultimate marathon costume. After 4 hours mulling this over — as a pleasant and welcome distraction from the immediate task of running 26 miles! — I came up with ‘Molly the Marathon Millipede’: 20 people linked together in one giant, 100ft-long costume.”

This was a first — never before have so many people completed the marathon joined together in a single chain. The millipede team was mainly made up of doctors, nurses and medical students. They completed the course in 5 hours 47 minutes — well within their six hour target.

The millipede runners aim to raise £30,000 for our Touching Tiny Lives Campaign, and are well on their way thanks to generous donations and three corporate sponsors — The Stewart Milne Group,The Forrest Group and Enviroguard — who each paid to have their logo displayed on Molly’s side.

Amy Morley was among the 20 runners inside the Molly Millipede costume. Amy is currently working on an Action Medical Research-funded project looking into pre-eclampsia. She says, “Before training for this marathon the only part of my body that had ever run was my nose! If only one could bottle the amazing ‘high’ of having completed it — wow!”

Alongside Molly were 32 other fantastic runners also raising much-needed funds for Action Medical Research, including ‘The Running Dragon’, aka Graham Hadfield. Graham has run 14 marathons in the last 16 months, raising money for a variety of charities. Action Medical Research was delighted to benefit from his exertions in London.

And of course no marathon would be complete without Paddington Bear. Simon Davies made his debut as Paddington this year, completing the 26.2 mile course in an impressive 4 hours 49 minutes!

Congratulations and a big thank you to all our 52 runners. So far you have raised well over £40,000 for vital medical research — a fantastic achievement.

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