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Running trio raise thousands for CSF

Marathon team compete in annual race challenge. 

‘Team Norwich City’ enjoyed a memorable day on Sunday as they completed the Virgin Money London Marathon.

The trio joined a record 39,000 runners at the 36th annual event which this year saw Major Tim Peake kick off the race with a good luck message from the international space station.

The team, made up of former football pro Lewis Blois and Club employees Lewis Plowman and Ed Guichard, completed the 26.2 mile course in aid of the Community Sports Foundation (CSF).

Together, the runners have raised a total of £5,990 which will help to improve the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people across Norfolk.

Leading the team over the finish line was Norwich City FC’s Head of Marketing, Ed Guichard, who ran the marathon in an impressive personal best time of 3:30:37.

Ed explained what competing in this year’s race meant to him:

“Sunday was, without doubt, one of the best experiences of my life. It was a real privilege and I am extremely proud to have represented CSF and our football club at such a massive event, and to contribute to the incredible work the Foundation do across East Anglia. I would do it all over again tomorrow if I could!”

First-time marathon runner Lewis Plowman also exceeded his pre-race expectations, completing the marathon in 3:56:39, while Blois finished with a time of 4:35:38, which he was happy with having run the Brighton Marathon earlier in April.

CSF Fundraising Officer, Emma Fletcher said afterwards:

“This is the third time I have travelled to London to support our runners and each year I come away with such admiration for the team for competing in such an incredible event.

“Everyone knows how difficult it is to secure a place in the marathon and it is just as difficult for us as a charity to gain places, therefore we rely heavily on the individuals to apply themselves both in training and in achieving their fundraising target.

“I would like to express my gratitude to those who donated, in particular Norfolk Dental Specialists, Farrow Designs and Everything Office and give special thanks to Virgin Money who have helped to secure our places for this year.”

The team join a host of other successful competitors who have represented ‘Team Norwich City’ at the London Marathon, including Norwich City FC Chief Executive David McNally, former striker Iwan Roberts and City legend Adam Drury, who tackled the 26.2 mile course last year.

Been inspired by our Marathon runners?  The marathon ballot opens on May 2nd and we want YOU to be part of Team Norwich City 2017!

To find out more, please contact

You can still donate to the team’s fundraising total here.

Story added: 27 Apr 2016

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