Three Retford brothers have reunited in their hometown with five friends to raise an impressive £987.50 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
Brothers Kieran Lenehan (23), Paddy Lenehan (32), and Brendan Lenehan (30) joined forces with William Brookman (22), Teddy Kealey (23), Sorcha Floyd (22), Charlie Williams (22) and Laurence Burkett (23) to run the Retford Half Marathon on 12 March. The money raised will help to make a difference to the 250 children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions that Bluebell Wood supports each year.
Kieran, who now lives in Manchester, said: “My brothers and I are Retford through-and-through and my friends from university have heard plenty of stories about our hometown. My brothers were happy to come home to do their bit and Will, Teddy, Sorcha and Charlie wanted an excuse to visit the town, help raise money for a good cause and get fitter in the process.
“Will, Teddy and I are training for the Rotterdam marathon on 9th April so we also thought this would be a good way to test our fitness in the run up to that.
“We’ve run marathons and climbed Kilimanjaro for charity in the past, but this time we really wanted to do something for a local charity. We chose Bluebell Wood because it makes a real difference to children’s lives. Brendan, Paddy and I are very familiar with the fantastic work that they do and it’s great to be able to support some inspirational children and families.”
According to Kieran, training was a varied experience for each team member. He said: “We’re a mixed bag. Brendan and I have done the London Marathon and then we have a sliding scale of experience, ending with Paddy who probably last ran in Year 9 PE.
“Training can be the most time consuming, irritating thing in the world, but you have to do it. Long runs on Sundays and 5Ks on Wednesday nights have become part of the weekly routine, as well as cutting down on the junk food and nights out drinking. All in all, fitting training into our busy lives with family, work and friends was difficult but at the end of the race it was worth it.”
There’s still time to support the team’s fantastic fundraising, so please visit http://virginmoneygiving.com/legbobslegsbob to make a donation.