Local Liberal Democrat councillor, Cahal Burke, successfully completed the London Marathon recently in aid of Arthritis Research UK.
Councillor Burke completed the 26.2 mile course last Sunday and achieved his goal, completing the gruelling race with a finish time of 3 hours 54 minutes and with an average speed of 6.7mph. He finished in 11,527th place, with over 40,000 people competing. He also raised £522.50 for Arthritis Research UK, who invest in treatments and provide information and support for people affected by the condition.
Councillor Burke was not alone as a politician, with 16 MPs competing in the event, a record number this year. The event attracted a huge range of participants, with 65 years separating the oldest runner, at 83, and the youngest runner, aged 18.
There were also over 800,000 spectators, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William.
Cllr Burke (Lib Dems, Lindley) said: “I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me. It was a tough challenge, but enormously rewarding, and I was able to beat my finish time in the New York City Marathon in 2014 by 25 seconds! More importantly, I was able to raise some money for Arthritis Research UK, who are undertaking really important work. I’m now looking forward to help organise Lindley Carnival and the Lindley 10k race, which will be taking place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June.”
Further details about the Lindley events can be found on Lindley Community Group’s website at: http://www.lindleygroup.org.uk/.