The Clarion Golf team made a strong showing and raised around £3,500 for Sparks Charity at the 35th London Marathon last Sunday. Managing Director, Stephen Russell and Events Manager, Jeremy Walmisley, aged 50 and 51 respectively, both finished the 26.2 mile course despite being injured.
Stephen, running his second London Marathon and hoping to dip under 4 hours, tore an adductor muscle in his right leg after only two miles but managed to get around in 4 hours 43 minutes with the help of a number of painkillers along the route. “I managed to injure myself a week before the race, playing footy with my daughter and I knew it would be touch and go” commented Stephen, “I started slowly but it went again at only 2 miles in and I thought that was that, but the crowds were unbelievable and inspiring – they just kept me going.”
Meanwhile, Jeremy was well in front of Stephen and aiming for something around 3 hours 40 minutes. “It was all going great until 18 miles and then an existing calf injury stopped me in my tracks. The guys from St Johns Ambulance were fantastic and spent about 10 minutes on the offending leg.” explained Walmisley, who rallied to finish in 4 hours and 15 minutes.
Clarion Golf, which specializes in corporate golf, is the provider of iPhone based Golf GameBook Live Scoring for a series of Sparks Celebrity Golf Days staged around the country each year and work closely with the golf fundraising team.
“Sparks is a wonderful charity, helping to fund pioneering children’s medical research. They have a great team and great events – we are delighted to have contributed in this way.” added Russell.