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Runner gains pounds for his club

….and vows to run 12 marathons in 12 months

From Press releases - 21 January 2016 12:00 AM

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A runner from Chatham has bagged a £250 grant from UK Power Networks to get people off the couch and into regular running.

Electrical engineer, Jon Moreton, nominated Rebel Runners~Medway for his employer’s Team Sport Award scheme and has so far scooped a total of £500 for the club. His latest grant will help train new leaders to support group runs for up to 70 people.

With new year resolutions made and possibly broken, Jon, 37, a lead field engineer at the power company in West Ham, wants people who have never considered running to think again. Jon took up the sport in 2014 and wants others to experience the benefits of regular sport.

He said: “Our club is absolutely fantastic and they really deserve the help. For complete beginners we run a couch to 5k programme to get people ready for their first 5km run in just eight weeks. It’s run by volunteers and it’s all about helping others in the community get fit. I never would have volunteered for something like that before but it’s very rewarding. It’s tough when you first start running but you know that everyone there has taken that first step towards their first 5k run.”

Jon has taken his passion for running one stage further by setting himself an incredible challenge for 2016. He plans to run at least 12 marathons in 12 months and already has the first one under his belt.

His next runs are: Saxon, Viking and Normans Marathons and Challenges (SVN) Chocothon Challenge (January 31); SVN Valentines Day Marathon (February 14); SVN Marathon Day Marathon (February 26); Brighton Marathon (April 17); SVN St Georges Day Marathon (April 23); Kent Roadrunner (May 29); Kent Coyote (Sep 18); SVN Tolkien Run (September 22); SVN Battle of the Somme Memorial Run (November 18); SVN Saxon Shore Marathon (November 26); and SVN Usual Suspects (December 18).    

He said: “Last year I completed my first marathon and then I decided to do a further three. This year I have set myself a tough challenge. I feel fine physically and I don’t push myself. It’s all about the distance to me, not the time. It’s a great stress buster. I don’t like running in the heat so I’m booked in to do lots in the Spring and then in the Autumn.”

The Rebel Runners~Medway launched in 2014 and has grown fast. The club is affiliated with United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) and now has over 300 members. The grant will be invested in training further Leaders In Running Fitness to supervise team runs on Monday and Wednesday evenings. They also meet for ad-hoc runs during the week and for free, timed park runs on Saturday mornings.

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity supplies in Kent, runs the Team Sport Award scheme to encourage staff to volunteer in the community. The scheme also promotes healthy living, teamwork and sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year nearly £13,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.