NEW Salesbury Cricket Club captain Jason Rawson is pounding the streets in preparation for the Virgin London Marathon.
The 40-year-old, who has taken over the reins at Ribchester Road from James Watson, is to run the 26.2 miles on April 17th - the day after the start of the new Ribblesdale League season - for East Lancashire Hospice.
Jason, who works for Trevor Dawson Chartered Surveyors, said he would run the marathon this year, and took up the hospice’s entry place, on the proviso he raises at least £3,000!
He has assurances of over £1,000 so far, and anyone who can help donate to the cause can go to http://www.justgiving.com/jason-rawson
Jason is known for taking on a challenge, having once run from Blackpol to Salesbury - 27.8 miles - and boasts a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest bowling approach in a cricket match of 2.7 km, or 1.6 miles, in a 20/20 match at Salesbury in March last year - a delivery to Ian Riley, who went on to smash successive boundaries.
Jason said: “It’s my first official marathon, and I’ve been running between eight and 10 miles a night in preparation - I’ve never been as fit!
“I’m 40 and trying to keep fit, and I’ve also been doing spinning classes to help.”
The former Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil has a busy schedule on the weekend of the marathon, with Salesbury’s golf day on the Friday at Wilpshire Golf Club, although he will miss Salesbury’s seasonal opener the following day to travel to London on the train.