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April Fundraising Update

April Fundraising Update

Published on: 22/04/2016

Local runners gear up for marathon weekend in aid of Ormiston Families



The 36th Virgin Money London Marathon kicks off in Greenwich this weekend and Ipswich based charity, Ormiston Families, has six runners taking part and raising much needed funds to support families across East Anglia.

While most of us will be at home on Sunday morning enjoying a leisurely breakfast and perhaps watching the marathon on the TV, six hardy locals and around 40,000 others will be donning their trainers and psyching themselves up to run the 26.2 miles around the famous London course.

Ormiston Families runners:

George Gould, from Stowmarket, is committed to the support and development of young people through his role as a PE teacher. On learning more about the charity’s work during a school assembly by Matt Casburn of Archant about his experience running the marathon, George decided to start training. A keen runner in his spare time anyway, George has recently run a half marathon in 1hr 35minutes so is on track for a fantastic time on Sunday.

Matt Clark and Nathan Hunnisett, of The Gateway Academy, Tilbury, work closely with Helen Ellis from Ormiston Families who is based at the academy to provide direct support to those students who are struggling.  Matt and Nathan have both run a marathon before and so are aiming to run it in under four hours.

Former member of the Formula 1 McLaren support team, Warwick ‘Wozza’ Pugh, of Titchwell, was inspired to run the marathon after bumping into well-known chef Eric Snaith and hearing his tales of running for Ormiston Families. Warwick spends his training time pounding the coastal roads and windy Norfolk beaches.

Matt Walls of Ipswich has been running on and off for the last 10 years including 3 half marathons and regular runs with the Jaffa running club. Matt was familiar with the charity as several of his family and friends have worked for or supported them so Matt wanted to help out too and decided running the marathon was his way of doing it.

Ormiston Families’ own service manager Michelle Ward has always had running a marathon on her bucket list and had applied nine times previously without getting a place so, when the opportunity arose just 12 weeks ago she jumped at the chance – well at the suggestion of CEO Mark! Thankfully Michelle has form when it comes to running as she used to run cross-country at county level and still keeps herself fit with regular runs.

Mark Heasman, Chief Executive of Ormiston Families comments: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to these runners and to everyone who has sponsored them to help us support vulnerable families across East Anglia. I ran the marathon a couple of years ago and it’s no mean feat! We’ll be sending you positive thoughts on Sunday morning and we’ll be there cheering you on from the side-lines.”

Runner’s fundraising pages:

Warwick Pugh 

George Gold

Michelle Ward

Matt and Nathan

Matt Walls