Alan Completes First Marathon at Age of 65!

Alan took part in the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 24th April on behalf of the Katherine Jacobs Trust. His target was to raise £100 per mile. He is delighted to report that he has achieved his goal by raising over £2,600 to date. He finished in an impressive 4 hours 13 minutes and 25 seconds.

Alan wshows off his London Marathon medal.Alan was given permission to run in the Loughborough Students Athletics running vest; 42 years after graduating from Loughborough University himself. It was at Loughborough that Alan met Kathy. Kathy’s sudden death from Necrotising Fasciitis (NF), following an operation to treat cancer, led to the creation of the Trust. The aims of the KJ Trust are to raise awareness of the infection and to use the funds to positively influence the lives of children through the awarding of educational grants.

Spokesperson for the trust commented: "All of the trustees were supportive of Alan's challenge. We have been able to increase the awareness of NF to the wider community (beyond Leicestershire) through the efforts of regular supporters sharing Alan’s story. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of people."

Alan said, “The atmosphere was amazing being amongst thousands of people running for great causes. The crowd was a fantastic motivator and it was a privilege to run in our capital city passing all of the landmarks such as Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace. I have completed many half marathons however, this was my first full marathon. I now have even more admiration for any marathon runner as it tough challenge. I ran the last 2 miles for my six grandchildren to make sure I crossed that finish line!”

2016 proved to be another record year for the Virgin Money London Marathon. More than 39,000 runners completed the 26.2-mile course, making the 36th edition of the race the biggest in its history by almost 1,500 participants. The event also celebrated the one millionth finisher of the London Marathon with the #oneinamillion campaign. 

Alan would to thank everyone who has donated and supported from close friends and family, to friends of friends. There is still time to donate. You can also follow the activity of the Trust on twitter, our handle is @kjtrust.