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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Womble doctor aims to break marathon record
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¬†A doctor who is now practicing at Letterkenny Hospital in Co Donegal is determined to break a record when he takes part in the Flora London Marathon on 18 April ≠ as a Womble! Last year, Dr Brian Thursby-Pelham completed the 26.2 mile course in 3 hours 30/50 seconds, dressed as MacWomble. This year, he will be running as Great Uncle Bulgaria, and he hopes to be the first costumed runner to complete the course in 3 minutes 30 seconds. Dr Thursby-Pelham is an old boy of Donhead School in Wimbledon (London) and Stonyhurst College in Lancashire ≠ both Jesuit schools ≠ and his involvement in the Marathon will help Jesuit Missions achieve their £80,000 target. Around fifty runners will be taking part in the Marathon to raise money for the Jesuits' projects overseas, including work among refugees in South Africa and Zambia, an orphanage in Kenya, the Dalits (Untouchables) of India, and indigenous peoples in Guyana. Over the past eight years, Marathon runners have raised £420,000 for Jesuit Missions. Their Deputy Director in London, Alan Fernandes, says he hopes 2004's total will take them over the half-million pounds mark. He describes Brian as "all action, not mouth, so I'm confident he'll do what he says!" Brian has been in training for months. "I know this year is going to be fantastic!" he says. "What I need to do now is get in a few long runs so I can break three hours thirty!" For further information, contact Dr Brian Thursby-Pelham: or Alan Fernandes at Jesuit Missions: 020 8946 0466 ( Jesuit Missions/Marathon website: Source: Jesuit Communications Office
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