London Marathon 2018: Runners from Royston to go the distance for good causes
PUBLISHED: 11:14 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:34 20 April 2018
Charitable members of the Royston community are gearing up to run the the London Marathon this weekend in aid of good causes.
Craig McMurrough from Royston is going the 26.2-mile distance in memory of his sister who died of cancer in June 2016.
The 47-year-old said: “I’m all set for the London Marathon on Sunday. I collected donations in Royston’s Tesco Extra last Sunday and had great support from people – including EastEnders legend Gillian Taylforth.
“I’m running two marathons this year – London and Berlin – the Yorkshire Half Marathon and the Great North Run. In July I’m climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and in September I’m completing my first parachute jump all for Ovacome and Breast Cancer Now in memory of my sister Cheryl Earnshaw who died of ovarian cancer aged just 43.
“I want to say a big thank you to the to the people of Royston for helping me to fundraise for these important causes.”
To sponsor Craig, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/craig-mcmurrough11
Travel consultant Carrie Taylor, also from Royston, will be running in aid of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, which makes a difference to patients at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals in Cambridge.
Carrie said: “ACT is a local charity and I’ve used the services of Addenbrooke’s and had all my children at the Rosie, so I really wanted to give something back.
“My employer Premier Travel has been incredibly supportive – giving me time off to train, sponsoring me and paying for a pamper session.”
People can pop into Premier Travel in High Street to donate to Carrie’s fundraising collection, or visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CarrieLM2016.
Georgina Bowman from Royston is raising for the Outrigger Club UK – the UK’s largest outrigger canoe club – in memory of friend Tim Osbourne, who founded the charity in 2002 but sadly died last year.
Georgina is three quarters of the way to her fundraising goal of £1,000. To add to her total go to uk.gofundme.com/raqvde-london-marathon.
Barley-based charity Khandel Light, which provides clean drinking water and support for families in India’s Rajasthan, has six runners in the London Marathon.
They are the charity’s founder Peter Gough’s wife Bridget (www.virginmoneygiving.com/bridgetgough1), son Richard (www.virginmoneygiving.com/RichardGoughRun), son Edward and his wife Tash (www.virginmoneygiving.com/EdwardGough2), as well as family friend William Jackson (www.virginmoneygiving.com/williamjackson13) and Johnson Matthey worker John Adamson (www.virginmoneygiving.com/johnadamson1).
To donate to their cause, text KLJG40 £(add your amount in numbers) to 70070.