MORE than £30,000 has been raised for charity by the 12 Lymm Runners who ran this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
One team member, James Williams, ran the marathon in a full snowboarder kit whilst carrying a 5kg board and managed to set a new world record.
James said: ‘‘Who needs nails on their big toes when I have a Guinness World Record? I now hold the record for fastest Marathon Dressed as a Snowboarder in 5 hours, 21 minutes and 50 seconds….’’ This is 24 minutes faster than the previous record.
James also beat his target of £1,650 by raising over £2,000 for the Round Table Children’s Wish Charity, for this attempt.
Though less flamboyant, the other runners also raised significant sums for their chosen charities totalling an excess of £30,000. All finished safely, with Jonathan Smith first home in a terrific 2hrs, 39 mins 04 secs, setting a new Club Record Three other runners also achieved Personal Bests.
Lymm Runner First Timer Karen Philpotts summed up the feeling on taking part and reaching that finishing line:
‘I just wanted to thank Lymm Runners for the opportunity to have one of the club ballot places for the London Marathon. Such an amazing experience and Lymm Runners kept popping up on the course throughout the day. Note to anyone else doing this in the future you will need to train your face muscles as my cheeks are aching from all the smiling.’
More about the Club
Lymm Runners meet outside the Leisure Centre on Thursdays at 7pm (this now includes a Power Walk group), and outside the Library on Sundays at 8.30 am and Wednesdays at 9.15am.
On Tuesdays there is a choice of meeting outside the Leisure Centre at 7.00pm for the 4 mile Social Whistle Run or on the High School playing fields for the Track Training Session in summer and the track at Victoria Park, Warrington in the Winter
The Club was formed in 2010 and now has over 300 members. It is the only running club in the village.
For more information visit www.lymrunners.org.uk