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Thursday, March 30, 2017
More tales from the marathon
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¬†As the aches and pains subside, more stories are emerging from Sunday's London Marathon.... * Westminster's Catholic Children's Society fielded four runners - one of whom was Dan Pullen - who immediately after completing the 26 mile run - asked girlfriend Lil Juckes, the Society's parish and education officer, to marry him. Perhaps it was his fetching tutu - Lil accepted and the happy couple plan to get married next summer. Lil said: "It was the last thing I expected to happen, but I said 'yes' without hesitation." Dan, a captain in the Royal Engineers, works in the highly dangerous area of bomb disposal. However, when it came to running the marathon, there were no minefields, as he completed the event in a very creditable three hours 49 minutes. In doing so, he hopes to raise around £2,000 in sponsorship for the Society's work with disadvantaged children and families. Along with Dan, the other runners who successfully completed the Marathon for the Society were Kathleen Harrigan (five hours 24 minutes), who used to work for the Society, Nathan Wareing (4 hours 37 minutes), a regular supporter, and Hugh McBride (6 hours 44 minutes), Headmaster of St Francis De Sales Junior School in Tottenham, North London. For more details and a full colour photograph of Dan visit: * Methodist minister Ron Morris completed the course in 5 hours and 43 minutes, fulfilling his own prediction that he would come first in the category for retired 68-year-old Texan preachers running their first marathon. Rev Morris retired as minister of St Luke's United Methodist Church, Houston, Texas, last year but came out of retirement to move to Shipley, West Yorkshire, to become minister at Hall Royd, Wrose and Crag Road churches for a year. He wore a t-shirt that said: `I should be in church' on the front and: `You should too' on the back '' and hopes to raise £7,000 for his three churches .
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