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North Yorkshire Man Runs First Ever Marathon at the age of 50

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6:01am 21st April 2013

It's the London Marathon today and Martin Wintermeyer is taking up the challenge of running his first ever marathon, at the age of 50.

Martin tells Minster FM what inspired him to take up the challenge:

"Leonard Cheshire was a famous wartime leader in the Royal Air Force and was based at both RAF Linton on Ouse and Holme on Spalding Moor in Yorkshire. He established the disability charity that bears his name, just after the War. It's this charity that I'm running the marathon for.

"I completed my own RAF service, which included action during Gulf War 1 as a Tornado navigator, with two tours at RAF Linton on Ouse. My final post was with 76 Squadron, one of Cheshire’s own wartime squadrons.

"Alne Hall is a Leonard Cheshire Disability service very close to RAF Linton on Ouse and was one of the first such homes created by the charity.  It has a beautiful, historic, walled garden that, over the last few years, has sadly become disused and overgrown.

"The plan is to renovate this area so that it can be utilised as a wonderful sensory activity garden for the 27 residents to enjoy and benefit from. I am running the London Marathon to help make this plan a reality.

"We had 27 residents when I started training and each week I have taken one of them with me as a ‘virtual training partner’ to help me get through the training. I will also have one of them with me, in a virtual sense, for each and every mile of the run itself (although one will only get 0.2 of a mile!). This has been, and will be, a fabulous motivator for me.

"I have raised in excess of £4000 so far and hope to smash through my target of £5000.  Every penny raised will go towards the costs of developing the garden at Alne Hall.

"We are beginning to generate great interest from the local community and are developing many partnerships. RAF Linton on Ouse, 21 Regiment Royal Engineers from Ripon, Royal Horticultural Society at Harlow Carr and the Yorkshire Historic Gardens to name a few.

"If you can donate your time, even if it's only an hour, it will help the the project enormously. Or perhaps you could help us reach our target of £5,000 by donating.

The Facebook site gives more information about the garden project says Martin.

Garden  Project Facebook Page

Or he adds, you can donate on the charity webpage:


"Or text ALNE01 £10 to 70070   (where 10 is the amount you wish to donate (change as required) – please do Gift Aid!)"

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