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Leslie Newman

Completed my half in 2:02:01 - an amazing and emotional day - humbled by the brilliant volunteers and runners.

Raising money for
Stratford Rotary

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Donations accepted until 31-05-2019

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Until two years ago, running and I didn't really cross paths: I could run for a bus but would take the rest of the morning and several coffees to get over it. My level of fitness, combined with other lifestyle factors like an ability to eat an entire Christmas cake at one sitting, and being certain 'I could take DOUBLE anything that anyone else had' meant that my life expectancy was probably slightly less than my actual age.

Fortunately, I have fit friends who dragged me unwillingly on the odd run on holiday, and then an experiment with #parkrun hooked me. Although painful, 30 minutes a week seems a small price to pay to become the ultimate running machine. Or at least not having to stop every 100 metres.

Now I need to up my game and do some good - a half marathon seems an attainable goal (LOOK at him, his mechanism has gone!) and I'm training with 2 hours in mind.

I'm running for the race organiser, Stratford Rotary, which supports The Samaritans in the absence of state funding. Shockingly suicide is the biggest cause of death in young men - 24%: we all know victims but no one is comfortable talking about it. I'm running for them and being thankful that I can.

Event details

Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon 2019

Welcome to the Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon fundraising page! Here, you can help us to raise money for our local charities which include the Shakespeare Hospice, The Stratford Samaritans, Lifespace Trust and ESH Works by simply donating or becoming a fundraiser and 'Running for Rotary'.

In addition to our named charities, there are multiple other good causes that also benefit throughout the year.

Event date

28-April-2019 00:00  - 
28-April-2019 23:59

Event type

Running / Walking

35 days to event start


Well done Les. You managed to complete the race before I managed to sponsor you. You are clearly a supreme athlete.
Donation by Chris Ball
on 17-05-2017
£7.50 gift aid
Great work Les, fantastic achievement and for a very deserving cause.
Donation by Katy Barnes
on 13-05-2017
£7.50 gift aid
In recognition of the brilliant race organisation, marshals and support.
Donation by Les
on 09-05-2017
£25.00 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 08-05-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Go Les!xx
Donation by Ellie
on 07-05-2017
£3.75 gift aid
Good luck Les! Love from Sherly and Richard
Donation by Sherly and Richard
on 07-05-2017
£6.25 gift aid
Virtute et claritate!
Donation by UD, AJ & DD
on 07-05-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Good luck Les! Hope you have a great run. Hxx
Donation by H
on 05-05-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Good luck Les. A very courageous thing to do at your time of life.
Donation by Matt H
on 05-05-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Go Go Leslie!!
Donation by Sue Lee
on 05-05-2017
£1.25 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £911.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £911.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £1,113.75

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