Our Running Club has notched up a fistful of firsts with members of the club participating for the very first time in a number of marathons across the UK to raise funds for the Paul Popham Fund Charity.
Simone Evans completed her very first marathon in Manchester on 8th April and is the first female runner from the club to complete a marathon. Then two weeks later, Tony Spiller completed his first London Marathon, and again was the first male from the running club to run the race.
A week later, along with other members of the club, the first Paul Popham Running Club team to enter a marathon completed the Newport race on Sunday 29th April. Tony also ran in this event and so is the first male running club member to run in two consecutive marathons.
And the firsts don’t stop there. Another female running club member, Hayley Lawton is running the Liverpool Marathon this May; and James Williams, Paul Popham’s 25 year-old nephew, also ran in the London Marathon taking the charity’s free place at the event.
By participating in these events, the running club members have raised more than £3,000 for the charity, with more sponsorship money still due to come in.
Says Joanne Popham, Charity Manager and founder of the Paul Popham Fund Renal Support Wales: “We are so proud of our running club members who have completed these marathons, particularly as some of them joined the club less than a year ago. They have all been training very hard and urging each other on, which is the purpose of our running club and their fundraising efforts have been phenomenal.”