Marathon run for Oxford Oratory

Regina Lally

Regina Lally

Regina Lally, a parishioner at  the Oxford Oratory,  ran the London  Marathon yesterday,  to raise funds towards  their  five million Reaffirmation and Renewal appeal. The church of St Aloysius  is being restored to its Victorian splendour and a  new chapel is to be built  which will be the first  dedicated to Cardinal Newman.  Extended accommodation for the growing number of Oratorians, and a library to house Newman's works and other important manuscripts to be accessible to all, as well as a Chesterton library,  are an important part of the redevelopment.

The plucky 30 year-old  crossed the finishing line in five hours  36 minutes and was presented with a medal  and  a T-shirt with the slogan LonDONE .

”It was an amazing experience,” she said, “the crowd cheered me on and called out my name.”

Miss Lally works for the  NHS and had to travel to Liverpool  two hours after completing the run  for a conference beginning on  the Monday morning.  “My legs and thighs are really aching,  but I'm  lucky to have only  one blister!” she remarked.

“I wanted to raise as much as possible towards the Oxford Oratory appeal so that it can take its rightful place as a centre of pilgrimage, peace and's my way of giving something back to the parish and to the community.”

Five years ago she ran the New York Marathon  and has run several half marathons since then. This year she  started training on New Years Day  building up to twenty miles at Easter. So far she has raised  sponsorship of over £1,300 for the church and also £900 towards Macmillan cancer fund,  as her boyfriends' mother has stomach cancer.

Fr.Richard Duffield, former parish priest  at Oxford;  now Provost of Birmingham Oratory and  responsible for organising the beatification of Cardinal Newman during the Pope's visit in September,  rang to congratulate her on her magnificent achievement.

You can donate on line  at: or contact the Oxford Oratory to support the appeal.

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