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South Creake has a capital marathon idea




At the same time as 40,000 eager runners were pounding the streets in the London marathon on Sunday, enthusiasts in South Creake were sploshing and plodding their way round the village playing field in a community event with the aim of completing their own marathon whilst also helping engender a spirit of togetherness amongst residents.

It had been organised by the village’s Community Event Group, formed more than ten years ago to especially help to bring the village together and which in the past has organised events such as annual picnics on The Green, a sports day and Christmas events.

“We thought we’d celebrate because things now seem slightly better after the lockdown,” said Sara Freakley who, together with husband, Bob, Amanda Mendham, Lorna Goodall and Glyn Clack were the founding members.

Children loved the event. Mum Laura Bowden with William, Oliver, Amelia and cousin Bella. MLNF-21PB10051 (51896777)
Children loved the event. Mum Laura Bowden with William, Oliver, Amelia and cousin Bella. MLNF-21PB10051 (51896777)

“None of us want to run 26.2 miles so we are making it a cumulative event hoping that together we’ll run more than one marathon.”

The response brought out dogs, babes in arms, mums and dads, grandparents and those on mobility scooters with every lap they ran going up on a large scoreboard. The response was so good that well over two marathons were run.

On hand were refreshments; there was a raffle, a hog roast and, to sign off the day, a duck race along the River Burn. Prizes went to the first and last finishers, Archie Rice and Jackie Large

Another lap completed: Emily Garland, Peter Abbey and Gaby Pimentel. MLNF-21PB10052 (51896891)
Another lap completed: Emily Garland, Peter Abbey and Gaby Pimentel. MLNF-21PB10052 (51896891)

None of the runners were sponsored but the profits from the raffle, refreshments and the duck race entrants will be donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Six months old Sophia went round with the help of mum, Amy Porter, and behind grandmother, Jacqueline, and dog Penny. MLNF-21PB10056 (51897334)
Six months old Sophia went round with the help of mum, Amy Porter, and behind grandmother, Jacqueline, and dog Penny. MLNF-21PB10056 (51897334)
The three Musketeers were determined not to be left out. From left: Derrick Gray with Jo Goodall, Joanna Gray and Hazel Blythe and, behind, Patsy Longhurst. MLNF-21PB10055 (51897048)
The three Musketeers were determined not to be left out. From left: Derrick Gray with Jo Goodall, Joanna Gray and Hazel Blythe and, behind, Patsy Longhurst. MLNF-21PB10055 (51897048)
Ruth Pimentel pins up more lap tickets on the grand scoreboard. MLNF-21PB10054 (51897002)
Ruth Pimentel pins up more lap tickets on the grand scoreboard. MLNF-21PB10054 (51897002)
Youngsters write our lap tickets for the scoreboard. MLNLF-21PB10053 (51896917)
Youngsters write our lap tickets for the scoreboard. MLNLF-21PB10053 (51896917)
Lorna Goodall, Amanda Mendham, Glyn Clack and Bob Freakley with, behind, Sarah Freakley who together created the Community Events Group (51896626)
Lorna Goodall, Amanda Mendham, Glyn Clack and Bob Freakley with, behind, Sarah Freakley who together created the Community Events Group (51896626)


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