Ex-Clitheoe Royal Grammar School pupils to run London Marathon

With a Little Help from their Friends: The Kings Arms pool team hand over their cheque for LAM Action. (s)
With a Little Help from their Friends: The Kings Arms pool team hand over their cheque for LAM Action. (s)

THREE former Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupils will get their running shoes on for a marathon effort which will see them cover over 170 miles for their chosen charity, LAM Action.

Richard Sharples (36), Matthew Sharples (31) and John Bennett (30) will take on the London Marathon this weekend, with Matt and Richard following up with the Manchester Marathon on Sunday, April 29th, and John with the Keswick to Barrow race on May 12th.

The trio are raising funds for LAM Action as Matt’s wife is affected by the rare disease Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (also known as LAM), a rare disorder which affects women and is generally diagnosed in women of childbearing age. The condition mainly affects the lungs, where it causes excessive growth of smooth muscle tissue which erodes lung function.

The runners have been helped out in fund raising by friends in their local pool team, who decided every player who lost a frame would face a forfeit and pay £1 and the same for every match lost.

Captain of the Kings Arms pool team Steven Bristol said: “Originally, the forfeit money was supposed to go towards a social fund so we could all go out at the end of the season, but when we heard about the massive effort of the three lads, we decided we would like to help and donate the money to their fantastic cause. In the end, we lost more frames and matches than we would have liked, finishing us mid-table in the league, but the upside is we managed to raise £170 for charity, which equates to £1 for every mile which the lads are running!”

For details, or to donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/clitheroeladsmarathons2012. Donations can also be made by texting “Lami52“, followed by the amount you wish to donate (e.g. Lami52£10) to 70070.