‘London Marathon’ To Be Run On School MUGA

Duncan Graham

Duncan Graham

An islands’ man who was planning to enter this year’s London Marathon will instead be running all 26 miles on St Mary’s.

Duncan Graham can’t make it to London on Sunday 21st for family reasons. But rather than lose money for the charity he’s supporting, Duncan will be running 288 laps of the Five Islands School MUGA on the same day.

He’s raising money for the St Teresa’s Leonard Cheshire Home in Marazion.

Duncan first became involved with the charity when he was an Olympic torchbearer last May. He was asked to take the torch to St Teresa’s by Bernie Hall, the Mayor of Marazion, because the residents of the home had been sent to the wrong place and had missed the entire procession.

Duncan says it was an emotional and humbling experience and he decided to become a fundraiser for the home.

They found Duncan a place in this year’s London Marathon, but he’s had to drop out at short notice.

Duncan says he’ll be treating his MUGA run in exactly the same way as the marathon, with a full training regime and a big carbohydrate-rich breakfast beforehand.

He says it could be boring going round such a small space, so he’s going to switch direction every mile. And he says he’s lucky because he can just switch off when running.

Duncan’s encouraging anyone who wants to join him for a few laps to come along and make a donation to the charity.

For those who are less energetic, a donation can be made at Barclay’s Bank in Hugh Town using the account St Theresa’s Fundraising Club.

8 Responses to ‘London Marathon’ To Be Run On School MUGA

  1. Nanny Ogg April 15, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I think a few facts are needed to address some of the comments.

    Many people have contributed to the club over the years and are still coaching or helping out behind the scenes ensuring everything runs smoothly, without them the club would not be running. They don’t expect payment or thanks.

    Just because there is a dispute of ownership over the torch doesn’t mean that it can’t be displayed or used to raise money for charity.

  2. Football Mum April 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Duncan has coached our islands children for years in the art of football for nothing, other than enjoying the game and dedication to the club. He has been rewarded with the present upset and harassment from certain individuals that are nothing better than disgraceful and self obsessed about this business with the Torch.
    Leave him alone and let him get carry on his unselfish trek to help the less fortunate & try to raise some well needed funds for their cause.
    Thank you.

  3. Kev Wright April 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I still find the torch thing in bad taste. Let him keep the bloody thing! He deserves it for all that he does! Good luck Duncan, I hope you’ve taken precautions to prevent dizziness!

  4. JeffEastick April 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Hope no one loses count of laps half way through ! Best of luck , Duncan.

  5. St. Mary's resident April 12, 2013 at 11:59 am

    It really would be a great way to raise some extra money for such a fantastic charity and this was always the plan, unfortunately there are a group of people trying to make claim on Duncan’s Torch so he will not be bringing it out on this occassion.
    This means the Leonard Cheshire Home will miss out again.
    So very sad.

  6. Doug Holle April 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    What a remarkable challenge to set yourself Mr Graham, always impressed when people to go great lengths to raise money for charity I’m sure you’ll do well for your chosen cause, be great to see the total on here when you’re done.
    Good idea to display the torch, maybe you can charge people to run a couple of laps with it alongside you? I’m sure that would raise few extra pounds for this very worthwhile cause.
    Best wishes for a good run.

  7. Colin April 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Many many years ago, when we visited St Mary’s every year without fail, we used to see this young chap out running almost every evening, it is good to see he’s still at it. He must have seen more of the island than anyone else. I wish him well.

  8. The Patrician April 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Good for you Duncan.

    Wouldn’t it be lovely to have the Olympic Torch on display as well, I’m sure that would help the fund raising.