UPDATED STORY : There’s an update on the charity page about how John Barton (Z74-81) got on, with a link to a little film Parkinson’s UK made about his marathon achievement with his daughter (over 42,000 views so far!). John says "Overall an extraordinary experience—so many people were just incredibly generous and supportive. Terrific donations, unbelievable messages of support. Someone called Kate Lawton, who I have never met, ran the marathon in a dinosaur outfit and astonishingly gave me her official London Marathon medal since my finishing time was just outside the cutoff for medals (I missed it by a mere 23 hours). I feel so grateful and humbled for such generosity of spirit and will never be quite the same again. I’ve met lots of people over the years who face or have faced huge hardships—disease, disability, all kinds of hard knocks, being made to run unfeasibly long distances (26 miles—how cruel!). Those hardships can bring out the very best in people—the grit in the oyster that makes for a beautiful pearl.
OK so I didn’t quite keep up with Eliud Kipchoge—I was somewhere on the A206 in Woolwich when he crossed the line. But I felt like the champion. He who is last shall be first. All those years of coming in at the tail of the field in the dreaded Steeps proved good preparation."
The charity page stays open until till July. So far John has raised nearly £15,000.
ORIGINAL STORY : John Barton (Z74-81) for the first time since he asked to be sponsored for a 15-mile sponsored walk when he was 10 is looking for sponsors for the London Marathon on 24 April 2016. This is a major physical challenge for John as he can’t run anymore and his walking “isn't so hot either”. John has two progressive neurological conditions: Parkinson's and Charcot-Marie-Tooth.
John will be raising money for Parkinson's UK (75%) and CMT UK (25%) and he would really appreciate any donations, however big or small, for this amazing challenge he is undertaking.
Please visit his donation page for more details on the challenge and how to donate.