Ian Locke switched his computer and sound-desk for a pair of trainers to run the 26.2 miles on Sunday in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Although Ian had an injury and was unable to train properly for the last four weeks, he completed the course in a time of 4hours 36minutes 36sec.
Thanks to his determination and creativity, Ian raised £2,350 (including gift aid) for the charity by selling advertising space on his running shirt as well as organising an Easter Raffle and cake sale at Church House. Alongside Church House Conference Centre, Ian has received support from many different sponsors including AV Communications, Jacobs Massey Recruitment, Digital Message, Hawthorns and C.O.S and the total is still rising.
Ian’s passion for the cause inspired him to work extra hard in his training regime, dedicating eight hours a week in order to get over the finish line.
Macmillan Cancer Support is close to Ian’s heart. He says: “I’ve got a close friend who has had cancer three times and Macmillan Cancer Support have helped her. They supported her when she had no money to even pay the rent and they helped her out to keep her going, especially when I was unable to help as much as I wanted to. I am grateful to all the people who supported me in running the marathon and ultimately supporting Macmillan Cancer Support.”
Robin Parker, General Manager at Church House Conference, comments: “On behalf of the whole team at Church House I would like to congratulate Ian for completing the London Marathon in aid of a very worthy cause. All the staff have gotten behind his efforts, including our head chef Norman who provided the cupcakes for Ian’s cake sale. We are delighted he has raised so much money for Macmillan Cancer Support as it is something we know is very important to him.”