Friends run Edinburgh Marathon in memory of Clitheroe man who died on holiday

MARATHON CHALLENGE: John Linley, Phil Burgess, Alison Knight, Michael Gudgeon and Bryan Middleton are pictured preparing for their marathon challenge in memory of their late friend Gary Knowles. (s)
MARATHON CHALLENGE: John Linley, Phil Burgess, Alison Knight, Michael Gudgeon and Bryan Middleton are pictured preparing for their marathon challenge in memory of their late friend Gary Knowles. (s)

FIVE friends will run the Edinburgh Marathon this month in memory of much-loved Clitheroe man Gary Knowles.

Gary, who lived in Park Street, died of a brain aneurysm, which he had probably had since birth, while on holiday in South America, in November.

A group of his friends - Bryan Middleton, Phil Burgess, John Linley, Alison Knight and Michael Gudgeon - will run the 26.2 mile race on Sunday, May 22nd, raising funds for The Brain and Spine Foundation.

Bryan, who came up with the idea, said: “We know that not only would Gaz be appreciative of us raising money for charity, but he would be very proud of our efforts and we want to do something to make Gaz proud and happy, and to do something positive that will help people who are worse off than ourselves.

“Gaz will never be forgotten and this is our way of remembering him and showing our love for him and his family.”

A former pupil at St Michael and St John’s RC Primary School, Clitheroe, and St Augustine’s RC High School, Billington, Gary worked as a printer for Graham and Brown at Blackburn, then worked as an electrician’s mate, before working for United Utilities.

The team have thanked all who have sponsored them and urged others to donate by vdonating on-line at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ForGazKnowles. Sponsorship forms are also located at The Craven Heifer pub, Whalley Road, Clitheroe, and The Waddington Arms, Waddington. Cheques made payable to The Brain & Spine Foundation, can also be posted to 105 Whalley Road, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 1HW.