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2014 brought about Lucas' longest (and probably toughest) challenge to date, 5 more marathons, a World Record Attempt and the odd shorter race in between!  Click on any links for full reports.

Three charities were supported over the year - Sport Relief, ParalympicsGB and Tree of Hope.  These reflected the year's main challenge and encompassed Lucas' cycle companion, Chris Britton's choice as he is friends with a family whose son, Jaye, who has Cerebral Palsy and is supported through the work of Tree of Hope. The continued generosity of people was brilliant with £4,070 raised for the three charities - THANK YOU! Click on any of the charity names for details about them or their logo's to reach their website's.  

In the spring of the year, Lucas spent several hours on an exercise bike in Sainsbury's, Hessle, supporting Sport Relief in preparation for the summer cycle and also attend the ParalympicsGB event, Sports Fest, which engages those with disabilities to engage with the range of sports they help fund.  Lucas was fortunate enough to meet cyclist, Dame Sarah Storey (11 time Paralympic Gold medallist) and Kelly Gallagher (GB's first Winter Paralympic Gold medallist in Sochi 2014).
Above right: Chris with Jaye and his Mum
Below left: Lucas with Declan Rokahr at Sainsburys supporting Sport Relief
Below Middle: Lucas with Kelly Gallgher - Winter Paralympic Gold medallist 2014
Below Right: Lucas with 11 time Paralympic Gold medallist, Dame Sarah Storey
The summer brought about the Gold Post Box Challenge - when Lucas was joined by Chris Britton, whom he cycled Land's End to John O'Groat's and West to East with in 2011 and 2012 respectively.  The challenge involved cycling to all 111 gold post boxes in the UK, painted so to commemorate the British Gold medallists from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as visit all 28 venues used for the various sports.  Over 27 days, Chris and Lucas cycled the 3,000 miles from their start in Penzance to the finish point in Kingston upon Hull, via the Channel islands, Isle of Man, and a zig zag route through England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, involving a support team of around 100 and included a daily blog and meeting some of the athletes with their gold medals.  It was a truly memorable, whilst also mad, challenge. You can read all the blogs (with pictures) still here. Thanks must go to ARCO, Condor Ferries, Cougar Security, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Morphed Landscapes, P&O ferries, Philips, Pulse Rate, Sainsbury's, Syd's Agri Garden Services and Waterstones for their support in various ways on this epic adventure.
On the running front, the year saw a selection of the race calendar with Beverley AC included in their handicap series.  Not a year of performances for Lucas to write home about!  His only half marathon of the year took him to Plymouth, near where many of his extended family live and just over the River Tamar and Whitsand Bay, where he spent many summer holiday's as child at his late grandparents.  On a dreary April day he completed the course, which finished on Plymouth Hoe - looking out to Maker Church where his maternal grandparents lay at rest.  They never saw Lucas run a marathon, but it felt as though he had their support.  
A few months after, it was back to the marathons and Lucas took three autumn races in over a four week period, heading to Nottingham for the Robinhood Marathon before a week later landing in Jersey to run 5 minutes quicker (and nearly an hour faster than he had in London).  The final marathon, his 37th, of 2014 took him to Amsterdam and a finish in the 1928 Olympic stadium.  

A huge thanks must go to the biggest number of supporters yet for any year - too many to name and picture but are credited throughout the respective reports. Without them and without your generosity in raise the £4,070 it would not be possible or worthwhile.
Two spring marathons didn't see any outstanding performances either.  The Greater Manchester Marathon in early April was evidence that running on the back of a virus is never recommended as Lucas slugged it round in over 4 hours, despite the flat course.  A week later Lucas lined up for his 11th London Marathon and a second attempt at the World Record as the fastest cowboy to run a marathon.  On the day it wasn't meant to be, with the record smashed by a challenger on the day and Lucas "running" his second slowest marathon instead.  It's safe to say the cowboy outfit won't make a marathon return with the new record at 3:09:09 - a time that would involved a PB by Lucas of well over ten minutes faster than ever run before (before we add jeans etc into the equation!)
Race Reports 2014


London Marathon (dressed as a Cowboy aiming for a                            World Record)





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2014 Media Coverage: -
October - Interview on KCFM
August - Stotfold News
26 July - On BBC Radio Humberside Saturday morning show
July - Newent News
7 July - Matlock Mercury,
6 July - Bakewell Today, Buxton Advertiser, Derbyshire Times
27 June - Yorkshire Times
19 June - Inside Moray
19 June - STV
16 June - Henley Standard
14 June - Onchan News
13 June - EDP24 and Worksop Guardian
9 June - Alton Gazette
8 June - featured on Clare Balding Show on Radio 2
5 June - Western Gazette Yeovil
4 June - Tredegar.co.uk
3 June - Island FM
3 June - Guernsey Journal

17 April - Methodist Recorder
17 April  - Beverley Guardian
12 April - Hull Daily Mail

After the Plymouth Half Marathon

Before the start of the London Marathon Cowboy World Record attempt

The start of the Gold Post Box cycle in Penzance

Left: Lucas after marathon 37 in Amsetrdam with support team, Lesley, Ange & Paul

Right: Lucas running through St Helier, Jersey

2014 was in memory of Mike Atkins, support on LEJOG in 2011 and good friend

1942-2014