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Marathon Team Raise Thousands

Team Norwich City complete Virgin London Marathon for Sporting Light Appeal

Team Norwich City successfully completed their Virgin London Marathon challenge on Sunday as all eight members finished the 26.2 mile race.

Raising funds for the Community Sports Foundation’s Sporting Light Appeal, the team have so far amassed a tremendous £26, 883.57 from friends, family and Canary fans via their sponsorship page 

Leading the team over the line was Norwich City Chief Executive David McNally who finished in a personal best time of 3 hours 40 minutes and 38 seconds, narrowly ahead of CSF ambassador and Norwich City Hall of Famer Iwan Roberts; running his first marathon and completing the course in a little over 3 hours 51 minutes.

Canary Catering Chef Martin Colley exceeded his own expectations by recording a time of 4 hours 19 minutes and 36 seconds, while EDP editor Pete Waters came home in 4 hours 20 minutes.

Helen Southgate, who won the competition for Norwich City fans to take part, was another to achieve a personal best with a time of 4 hours 52 minutes and 25 seconds.

The real story of courage was that of Craig Richardson, the former RAF man who lost a leg after an explosion while serving in Afghanistan, who completed the race in 5:45:58 with a prosthetic leg, achieving a personal goal and winning the respect and admiration of the thousands watching on the streets of London and Canary fans everywhere. 

CSF Director Ian Thornton ran for 24 miles on a badly injured foot but finished in 6:03:08 in his first ever marathon.

Just over three hours after David McNally had finished, it was the turn of BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Stephen Bumfrey to soak up the applause from the supporters that lined the Mall as he crossed the line in 6 hours 46 minutes and 6 seconds.

CSF Charity Officer Emma Fletcher said afterwards:

“This was very much a team that ran for the Sporting Light Appeal and we are incredibly grateful to all the runners for the commitment that they have shown to training and fundraising. The money that they have raised will make such a difference to the Sporting Light Appeal and what we are trying to achieve.”

CSF Ambassador and Sky Sports Presenter Simon Thomas said on Twitter:

“Congrats to @iwanwroberts @davidmcnally62 @THO7NTS & all the @NorwichCityCSF runners who ran #VLMarathon today. Great effort, great cause.”

To find out more about the Sporting Light Appeal, which raises money to help disadvantaged people and those with disabilities, or to sponsor Team Norwich City, visit

Visit the CSF Facebook page for pictures from the marathon.

Story added: 23 Apr 2012

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