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Total raised so far

93%

£2,810.00 of £3,000 target +£457.50 Gift Aid See breakdown

Recent donations

10 hours ago

Emily Benson

£70.00

Go Stu Go Go Go

2 days ago

Neil and Megan

£200.00

2 days ago

Richard

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Gwan Stu! Bionic knees for you!

2 days ago

Sidonie

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Great cause, good luck, I’m frightened for you! 😂

3 days ago

Sarah and Tim

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Best of luck Stu! You’ll be fab xx

3 days ago

Anonymous

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

You won’t be as nippy as you were when we legged it after stealing apples from the Leng Home orchard but you’ve still got the spirit and that’ll see you through xx

3 days ago

Keith & Aileen Bowman

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Crazy Brother-good on you though 😁👊

3 days ago

Lisa Celik

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Wishing you your best marathon so far . Go for it xx

3 days ago

Wendy and Andrew Gairdner

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Good luck!

3 days ago

Peter Treganna

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Best of luck!

Stu’s never been so frightened.

Stuart Bowman is raising money for The Lord's Taverners


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My story

I’m running the London Marathon in April, which is alarmingly soon. 
I'm not a runner, but at the time of making this decision, thought myself reasonably fit for a man of my considerable age, and was bolstered by the thought that I'd run three marathons in my inconsiderable youth.
The first was in Glasgow in 1982; I'd arranged to meet some school pals at the start line, couldn't find them, and completed the 26 miles in a fruitless search. In 1983, having vaguely trained, I completed some circuits of Birmingham's spaghetti junction and crossed the line in 4 hours and 40 minutes. My most recent marathon, 40 years ago in Edinburgh in 1984, was a hungover fiasco; I'd been out of school for a year and was nurturing a strong liking for booze, was living in a one bedroomed flat with five other 'adults', a dog, and thirteen cats; I'd been to a party with my friend Richie the night before the run, slept in, and had had to run two miles to make the start on time. I was dressed in a pair of cut off denim shorts, and some trainers I'd found in a skip the night before. The reason they were in the skip became clear early in the race when one of the soles started flapping; it continued it's relentless clap to the finish line, where I sorely waited, not long, for Richie who was third last.
That should probably have signalled the end of my marathon journey, but no...
I was kindly invited to become a Lord's Taverner about five years ago, and have spent that time happily schmoozing generous donors at Lords cricket ground, and eating lovely lunches at fundraising events in lavish London hotels. It was time to do something difficult for this wonderful organisation which I'm honoured to be a small part of, and of which you can read more below.
And this really is difficult. My knees and hips ache, my legs are leaden, and I dread every next run. I'm in the 14th week of my training programme, and it gets only harder. The endorphins help, but not for long..
And so to you - I've deliberately waited until a low point, which I was sure would come, to ask for your generous indulgence. Please give as much as makes you happy, and if you're skint, or charitied out. then, please, a supportive text would be hugely appreciated..

Much love,

Stuart x


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Stuart Bowman is fundraising for

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Charity number: 306054

Stuart Bowman is fundraising as part of

London Marathon 2024

21st April 2024

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The Lord's Taverners TCS London Marathon 2024

21st April 2024

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