A SOUTH Essex College London Marathon runner is going to need a bigger bucket after receiving a cheque for more than Â£1,000.
The College’s Thurrock Senior Cluster Catering Manager, Martin Barrie, received the boost from Coca-Cola towards his challenge where he will join thousands of runners at the world famous 26.2 mile event.
As a supplier of Abby Well Water to the College, the drinks company made the donation after Martin put a bid in through its corporate responsibility programme, which amounted to Â£1,181.
Martin, who lives in Chafford Hundred, is no stranger to running marathons, he has competed in events in London, Berlin, Dublin and Belfast and this year’s London marathon will be his 14th event.
Even when he did not get a place in the 2004 London marathon, he was determined to take part and ran the 26.2 miles on a treadmill while watching the event on the TV and raised money for charity.
This year, Martin’s chosen charity is the Prince’s Trust which helps young people aged 13 to 30 get into jobs, education and training. The College works closely with the Trust to deliver training to scores of young people in the local community. Martin said he was looking forward to the challenge.
He said: “It’s a gruelling challenge and every time I run a marathon I do wonder why I do it, but the thought of helping a worthwhile cause keeps me going. The Prince’s Trust is a fantastic initiative and the College has forged close links with the organisation so I have seen the benefits it brings to young people.
“I’m really looking forward to it and am out most days clocking up the miles in preparation for the event.”
Paul Taverner from Coca-Cola popped in to the College’s Thurrock Campus to present Martin with the cheque and said: “Coca-Cola Enterprises is delighted to have worked on the Schweppes Abbey Well fundraising scheme. We are really happy with the amount raised and would like to thank everyone for their support.”
You can sponsor Martin via uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MartinBarrie1