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Mayor honours London Marathon runners

Spelthorne Borough Council would like to pay tribute to those runners who took part in the virtual London Marathon, with the Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Colin Barnard, presenting one runner with their medal after their efforts in Laleham Park.

Spelthorne Marathon

Spelthorne Borough Council would like to pay tribute to those runners who took part in the virtual London Marathon, with the Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Colin Barnard, presenting one runner with their medal after their efforts in Laleham Park.

Like all things this year, running the London Marathon was even more of a major challenge for runners than normal, particularly those who were not included in the elite group who enjoyed the delights of St James' Park. But neither the appalling weather, nor the need to for runners to run their own routes throughout the country put pay to a very dedicated bunch of part-time athletes taking part.

On Sunday 11th October, in Laleham Park, the regular dog walkers were amazed to find a socially distanced organised marathon event by Shepperton Aurora Rotary Club.

Fran Kenden has been a marathon runner for a number of years and has supported the Club on many occasions. Determined to complete a marathon distance - all entrants ran with a digital chip so their route and distance could be mapped by the official organisers - Fran accomplished her 26.2 miles by completing laps around the park.

But she didn't run (or walk) each lap on her own. On every circuit a Rotarian or friend of the Aurora Club was alongside. Time-keepers and first aiders were on hand. Once Fran completed her 26.2 miles, Councillor Colin Barnard, the Mayor of Spelthorne was there to hand over her well-deserved medal (pictured).

Despite terrible weather all day the event has meant Fran raised well over £1,000 herself and this has been match funded by Barclays Bank. Her final total £2,700.

Special thanks go to Rotarian Lyn Derrington for organising the event, Dave, Fran's husband, for being there all day and all the other friends and Rotarians of Shepperton Aurora, who ran, walked, stumbled and supported Fran on her marathon undertaking.

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