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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 01-06-2018

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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.

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Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon 2018

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

13-May-2018 00:00  - 
13-May-2018 23:59

Event type

Running / Walking

54 days to event start


Good luck Les - training seems to be going well! Will cough up more when you've done it- I've got too many fundraisers to support tbis month
Donation by Ruth
on 08-03-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Good cause - good luck.
Donation by David Keenlyside
on 08-03-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Hope you enjoy the run.
Donation by Colin Wilson
on 07-03-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Good luck Les, great cause and one we should talk about more!
Donation by Matt Browell-Hook
on 07-03-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Good luck Bro!!! Your determination has been amazing & you will blast it! Lots of love.... Little sis xxx
Donation by Bex
on 07-03-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Go for it, you know you can do it. Maybe.
Donation by Not Les
on 07-03-2017
£12.50 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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