A Tale of Two Marathons ... cross-Channel challenge sees friends raise £7k for charity
Just running one marathon is a challenge, but three friends – two of whom live in South Bristol – have raised thousands of pounds for causes close to their hearts after completing two, in two weeks.
Running both London and Paris marathons, Jack Callow, 30, Will Carter, 29, and Will Langdon, 30, raised a total of almost £7,000 for the British Liver Trust (BLT), which supports families affected by liver disease, and I CAN, which helps children with speech and language difficulties.
Friends since university, Jack, from Southville, and Will Langdon, from north Bristol, raised £5,130 for BLT, with a substantial donation from Bristol-based accountancy practice recruitment agency, Clark Wood.
They ran for the charity in memory of Jack’s dad who sadly passed away from a liver related illness when Jack was just seven-years-old.
Will Carter, who lives in Bedminster, raised over £1,700 for I CAN, with a generous donation from his employer, Phineas, which is based in the Paintworks in Bath Road.
Having struggled with difficulties with his speech throughout his childhood, Will was delighted when the charity offered him a last-minute place to run London.
In order to reach their fundraising targets and having all run marathons before, the friends wanted to take on the extra challenge of running another marathon two weeks before, so they signed up to Paris.
They each completed the Paris marathon in outstanding times – Will Langdon achieved a sub-three-hour marathon, crossing the line in 2.59, Will Carter finished with a personal best of 3.06, as did Jack with 3.20.
Feeling the effects of Paris, the trio ran London marathon at a slightly slower pace, managing to complete the first half of the race together.
Will Carter met Jack and Will Langdon through playing football and have bonded over the years over their love of running.
Will Carter said: “Competing in the London Marathon has always been a dream and having struggled with my speech as a child - and to a lesser extent as an adult - it was amazing to have an opportunity to represent I CAN at the London Marathon.
“I think it’s really important to make sure the ambitions of children with speech problems isn’t limited due to communication difficulties ... this was why I wanted to run for I CAN.
“Even though we all had sore legs after Paris, running the London marathon was incredible, the support over the whole course was fantastic and being able to run it with two close friends made it even better.”
Jack said: “To have run Paris and London in memory of my dad is something I’m very proud of, but to have been able to do it with two of my closest friends is just special.
“The support we received was truly incredible, and the memories will now last us a lifetime. The celebrations at the finish line weren’t bad either.”
Photo, L-R: Jack Callow, Will Carter and Will Langdon during London Marathon