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At 35, Lua is studying for a PGCE in Primary school teaching at Roehampton University, London, living in Earlsfield (South West London). Lua took up running in 2010 after seeing a picture of himself at a friend’s birthday party whereby he thought "I need to change my life style and lose some weight." From running 100 metres and walking 400 metres in the beginning, Lua has now run 10 marathons (this will be his third in Chester), with a PB of 5:14. Lua got involved after seeing running inspiration, Rob Young, on the team. Lua is supporting Alderhey Hospital as his girlfriend, Zara’s (also running), nephew has been a patient there since birth. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/in_it_for_the_long_run
Neil, at 39, runs with Fitmums and Friends in Cottingham ,East Yorkshire. He has
completed a number of marathons, including London and Liverpool this year with a
PB of 3:05:40 -
Civil Servant and Beverley resident Fiona (or Fee) ran her first marathon having
in Hull three weeks before Chester, having turned 40 in June. Fee had been due
to run the Manchester Marathon in April but was hampered by a bad cycle accident
which saw her get two large, deep lacerations in her legs. Undeterred, she committed
to raise funds for Cancer research and wants to finish the job she started (and raise
at least £1,500). Her amiden marathon was run in 4:00:35! Fee met Lucas through
Beverley AC and a shared sarcastic streak. "It's my 1-
At 39, Ben is completing a year of challenge events and will run Chester just before
he turns 40. Another Beverley AC runner, Ben has been running for just over 4 years
and completed his first marathon in 3:27 in York in 2014. By day Ben work's for Cisco
as a "collaboration specialist" (in his word's -
Withdrawn due to injury
A second Methodist Minister aged 45, Kerry is based in Chapel-
"To old to be running her first marathon", Patsy still works for DVLA (where her and Lucas were "sparring partners") as an auditor, based in Norwich. She's completed 5 half marathons, the most recent being 5 years ago. Her PB for a half marathon is 2 hrs 10 mins. Patsy has chosen Macmillan in memory of both her Mum and Dad, but especially for her Dad as he needed more care and the Macmillan nurses were a God send.
Lucas's ex work colleague as an Office Manager in DVLA, 41 year old Anne lives and works in Worcester as a proof reader. Fifteen years of running experience, this would have been her first marathon. Hjowever, Anne has suffered some injury issues and finally had to withdraw from running and will join the support team. Danny Walker has been drafted in to replace Anne’s entry.
At 37 and from Bristol, Chris works for the MoD (Ministry of Defence) as an Inventory
Manager (dealing mainly in rubber (To quote Chris!). Despite a number of half marathons
and 10K's and a few cross country races, this will be Chris's first (and probably
last) marathon. Chris has also cycled Land's End -
Russel blames his wife (Jackie) for knowing Lucas. A Dental technician living in Hornchurch, London, at 41, he has run 3 full marathons (London 2000, Edinburgh 2013 & Chelmsford 2014) with a PB of 4:02:55. He has also completed 6 half marathons and 50+ parkruns (5k). Russel also helped on the day 10 support team during the Gold Post Box cycle.
41 year old Simon is a Senior Reserves Manager on the Somerset Levels, living near
Frome, Somerset. He met Lucas when he started dating his now wife, Rachel (see below)
and has since run a few marathons with Lucas (including Kielder in 2013) -
A Methodist Minister from Shotton, Flintshire, 45 year old Robin first ran a marathon
in 1998 in Chicago and Chester is also his 40th marathon. His PB stands at 4:08:02
(Dublin 2008). Robin and Lucas know each other from the MAYC Orchestra & Singers
concert in Bristol in 1995 (so Robin recalls -
Chris and Lucas schooled together from the age of 8. Now living in Bradford on Avon and himself having just passed the 40 mark, Chris works as an Environmental Finance Manager. Chris first ran a marathon in 2007 (the Neolithic Marathon over Salisbury Plain) and has a PB of 3:15 but hope's to beat that with Chester being billed as a good course for that chance. Chris is also supporting Macmillan as his Mum diagnosed with cancer last year and he has seen the work they do first hand and locally they work very closely with Dorothy House to provide hospice in a nearby village, Winsley. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/chrisandstevechester (Page closed)
Rachel and Lucas met in first year (6th year nowadays) at Writhlington Comprehensive School, Radstock. At 39 and a Bath Spa University Administrative Assistant, Rachel's completed The Great North Run in 2004, but apart from that, in her own words "very little, until now!" As a first time marathon runner, Rachel has taken up off road running and really enjoying it. Support Rachel at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RachelClarke14 (Now closed)
Currently the eldest of the team at 71, retired Methodist Minister Neil met Lucas through the Bristol District of the Methodist Church in the late 1990's and was the President of the Methodist Conference when Lucas was the National Youth Chair in 2001. Neil has run at least 12 marathons, his fastest being 3 hrs 50 mins and have been not only London but also Leeds and Bristol twice each. Neil now lives near Ludlow, Herefordshire and is supporting Hands Together Ludlow. (Unable to run in the end)
Former member of Beverley AC, now living in Tullibody, Scotland at 51, Paul is now about to commence a college course hoping to then do a social degree as a mature student . Paul ran Chester in 2013 for his 50th birthday and has completed 21 marathons to date, with a best time of 3:43 and one of them as part of an ironman in Austria in 2010.
Business Analyst at Severn Trent Water, Wolverhampton, 38 year old James last ran a marathon in 1999 in London in 4.36. He has run a couple of half marathons last year, but usually doesn’t venture further than 10 miles. James and Lucas met as "youths" in the late 1990's on National Committee's within the Methodist Church.
Matt works with Lucas at Leeds Arena and is currently a studying civil & structural engineering at Leeds University after 6 years in the armed forces. This will be his first marathon at 26 years old and whilst he's not run a long distance race before he has plenty of running experience from days in the armed forces.
Married to Zoe Dale (above), 54 year old builder Steve has run 8 marathons, his first
in London 2004 and most recent in 2010 with a PB of 3:19. Steve and Zoe are the
second husband and wife team to be in the 40-
34 year old Chris works as an equality officer with the Football Association and
met Lucas through their involvement with the Gay Games bid for 2018. Living in Holloway,
north London, he has run 14 marathons (first was London 2003 and most recent in Barcelona
in 2014) -
At 54, Mark is a phenomenally good runner, still breaking 3 hours in the marathon with a PB of 2:53 in 2012. He has run thirteen marathons, the first twelve ll of which have been in London since 1993. The 13th was in Hull three weeks before Chester. A Health & Safety Consultant, by day, Mark runs with Lucas in his town of Beverley and is keen to support Lucas sterling efforts!
Donate at: www.justgiving.com/Mark-
37 year old Jon is from Bury St Edmunds and is an environmental engineer. Finally met Lucas with his is a friend of Emma Goldberg (above). He was unable to run his first marathon (Connemarathon) so had hoped to do so in Chester but injury has meant he’ll drop to the Metric Marathon instead. 6 years of running to date, Jon will aim for the marathon at a later date.
A fellow Beverley AC runner, 25 year old Edd is a Finance Administration Manager and lives in South Newbald, near Beverley. Edd ran his first marathon In Brighton in April in 3:54 and states he got involved "because Someone collared me and thought I should run it." Edd has run his second marathon in Reykjavik, Iceland in 3:37 in August
A physiotherapist. At 52, Andy is originally fro Wakefield now lives in Beverley,
knowing Lucas from the running club and his appalling taste in shorts! Andy’s first
of 9 marathons was in 1991 -
Linda and Lucas were fellow Games Makers for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. (They actually met via a Facebook group and in person at the 2015 Anniversary Games). Linda was a first responder at the Basketball Arena and Olympic Stadium. A community Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse, Linda lives in Chichester and has been running for over 18 years on and off, her first marathon being London 2001 with 3 more since and times around 5:20
Nick knows Lucas through brother, Chris (first runner above). At 39, Nick will be running his first marathon before he turns 40 in November. By day Nick is a porter in Frenchay hospital, Bristol (or Brizzle as Nick refers to it). Nick has 7 half marathons with a best time of 1:32. Nick 's chosen charities reflects the special place they have for him after helping him recover after a major head injury.
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NicholasBritton (Now closed)
44 year old Zoë from Driffield has run 18 marathons between 2003 (London) and 2012, with her PB being 3:19. A midwife by day, Zoe ran the first half of the (not quite) Hull marathon in 2012 with Lucas, both members at Beverley AC. Zoë and husband, Steve, are supporting Allergy UK.
Wesley, at 20 years old, is currently the youngest on the team. Studying access to higher education, Wes lives just outside of Tewkesbury, in Gloucestershire, where he met Lucas through the Methodist Church. Wes has never run an offical marathon, but has run the Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge 4 times, the most recent in 2014 and a best time of just under 6 hours.
Neil is a Beverley AC member running his 4th marathon in his 40th year at his home
town of Hull making Chester his 5th Marathon. He has achieved a sub 3 hour marathon
but has also 'hit the wall' and scraped under 4 hours. He is joining Lucas in raising
money for MacMillan Cancer Support as part of the 40-
Commcerial Accounts assistant, Alex lives in Cottingham, East Yorkshire and at 30,
has run 3 marathons -
49 year old John aka Syd is Lucas' eldest brother. Having run three half marathons
and one 10K, this will be his first marathon as the lone representative of Lucas'
four siblings. A Half marathon best of 1 hr 42 mins, John runs his own Landscape
Gardening business just outside Midsomer Norton (Somerset). John also supports Ipswich
John ‘Syd’ Meagor
Nancey ran her first half marathon in April in 1:55:51 and only took up running in 2014. This will therefore be her first marathon and the first time she’ll have seen her cousin, Lucas, in 16 years!. At 35, Nancey is a professional dog groomer and thinks she must be mad but knows she’ll love it! Support Nancey at www.virginmoneygiving.com/NanceyWalker
Brother of Chris Knight -
Aka Marathonman At 32, Rob ran his first marathon the day after the 2014 London Marathon.
With an office job (9-
Danny joins the team as the new runner 40 after Anne gained an injury. A PB from running London 2015 in 3:47, Danny is a Driver by day and, at 28, met Lucas through a one of his uni friends.
Maciej is known to most as Magic. 24 and from Bristol, where he is a chef. Magic
has yet to run a marathon, having thus far completed 10K and 15k alongside Tough
Guy. He is a friend of Lee Scott’s and yet to meet Lucas! www.justgiving.com/Maciej-
Joining the team on his 41st birthday, Lee is a sports therapist & Utility Warehouse
distributor living in Bristol., where he met Lucas through his wife, Sarah, whom
worked with Lucas. Lee ran his first marathon in the Isle of Wight in 2001 (coming
12th) and did his PB in London in 2003 (3:01) -
A secondary school drama teacher , 28 year old Zara moved from Chester to London
three years ago. (But is Scottish) Zara has completed 5 marathons with a best time
of 5:30 despite only taking running up 2.5 years ago. (Plus over 40 other races!).
Zara's approach is, although she's slowly getting faster at running she feels it’s
more important to help others cross the line-
Sam fits her running around a full time job, husband and two children. Since joining
Beverley AC in 2008, where Sam and Lucas met, Sam has run 5 marathons in London and
her 6th was in Hull three weeks before Chester. with a best time of 3:24:02 in 2014
. Sam has recently broken her PB in a half Marathon -
Emma was introduced to Lucas via Kerry Tankard (they wrote poems together!). A Woodland
Ecologist from Peterborough at 41. Emma has completed three marathons to date -
Donate at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/EmmaGoldberg
Lindi, at 41, will be running her 6th marathon in Chester. Her best time of 3:45:51
in Manchester this year gave her a good for age place at next year’s London Marathon.
Lindi is a Therapy Radiographer by day (annd will explain to anyone what that means
if you ask). Running Chester has saved Lindi from running Bristol-
At 32, Occupational Therapist Kate become a Mum 10 weeks before the marathon. Despite Kate’s best hope’s, she has needed to withdraw but they hope to do another marathon at a future date.
At 28. Adam has broken a few records with running, the most recent being British distnace/time on a treadmill!Living in Newark upon Trent, Adam has joined the team through a mad running intertest linked with Rob Young. He has completed 237marathon/ultra's with a PB of :37:00. He started running at school because of his friend but was normally the kid at the back . His first marathon was run with a half marathon the furthest run to date beforehand. His motto: Many Miles = Many Smiles https://www.justgiving.com/uktorchrelay
Dave joins the team having signed up for the marathon independantly but bcomes runner
40 as Jon Sidebotham has dropped down to the Metric Marathon to manage an injury.
Dave, who turns 50 not long after the event, has run one marathon to date -