Touching Lives - June 2006
Why I support Action Medical Research
How did you get involved with Action Medical Research?
I had been unsuccessful in getting a place in the London Marathon for eight or nine years, when an Action Medical Research volunteer told me about the Golden Bond places that the Charity had available. After taking part in the marathon through this charity, I was invited to the Northern Region AGM and have been supporting the cause ever since.
What made you decide to continue your support?
Having met a couple of grant-holders at the meeting I was impressed by the work they undertook. I found the supporters dedicated and friendly and decided to continue my support. This was quickly followed by an “invitation” to help at a local fundraising event — and I’ve been involved ever since!
How did you get involved in running?
I have been running for over 50 years, though I have only been running marathons since the early 1980s when I completed the first Birmingham marathon. I have entered several other marathons since, including the New York Marathon and 17 consecutive London Marathons. Most of these have been through Action Medical Research Golden Bond places.
And you’ve been involved with some half marathons too?
Yes, the Great North Run in particular. I have run it 11 years in a row, but also trained and recruited other people to run for Action Medical Research through my local running club. The first year we trained 25 new runners and raised around £2,000. Last year we had almost ten times that number of runners, roughly 225 running for the Charity, who raised a fantastic £40,000!
What is your fastest marathon time?
My fastest ever was 3hrs 40mins (a long time ago) — now it takes that long to run a half marathon. I’m often to be seen alongside Action Medical Research’s mascot, Paddington Bear, carrying a bucket and collecting donations as we go!