Harriers duo go the extra mile

Harriers duo go the extra mile

Harriers duo go the extra mile

First published in Athletics by

A PAIR of members from Blackheath & Bromley Harriers are preparing to take part in an epic venture to raise money for the Cure Parkinson's Trust.

While many are putting the finishing touches to their preparations for this years London marathon, two members of Blackheath & Bromley are near ready for a far more ambitious running venture.

Between April 23 (St George's Day) to May 21, Pete Rogers and John Turner plan to run 30 miles a day to take them from John O’Groats to Lands End.

They are running to raise money in aid of the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.

To run 30 miles a day for 29 days is a huge undertaking but the duo are probably more qualified to do this than most.

John at 61 has run in over 100 marathons, and over 25 ultra distance races, including 17 London to Brighton races, two Comrades Marathons and four 24 hour track races.

Pete may be 13 years younger at 48 but he has also amassed a huge amount of distance running experience.

Like John he has run over 100 marathons and completed a dozen ultras.

These have included six London to Brighton races, two Comrades Marathons and a 24 hour track race.

They are preparing quite simply for the event by running lots of miles.

For example, a couple of weeks ago the duo ran from the Blackheath & Bromley Clubhouse at Hayes for two hours returning in time for the club photo which only takes place every four years.

After smiling for the camera, they then embarked on another two hour run while other club members competed in the closing five mile handicap race.

They arrived back at the clubhouse where post races teas were being served and were delighted to be presented with a cheque for £500 to go to their cause by club member Tony Pontifex on behalf of the Master and Wardens of the Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers.

Elated with this, they set off with a spring in their step for another 5 miles to reach their target distance for the day of 30 miles and arrived back at the clubhouse to attend the club AGM.

That is some commitment to the cause and one close to Pete’s heart.

“For the same number of years that I have been running my mother has fought Parkinson’s. It is time to do something. We are running to find a cure.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor the duo should visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TheJogleBrothers To keep updated on their progress visit www.offexploring.com/Jogler For all the latest Blackheath & Bromley news visit the website at www.bandbhac.org.uk

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