In the modern game, front 5 forwards are often considered freaks of nature. Built like brick houses, but with the pace to match even some of the backs … at least that’s the case in the professional game. In the amateur game, the quickest you usually see the front 5 move is from the changing room to the bar. So you can imagine our surprise that 2 of them have actually decided they actually want to do a run. This weekend, our new club captain Jack Stapleton and 2nd row Peter Curran will take part in the 6 Lakes Marathon event in Uppsala, Sweden. Jack will run the half marathon, while “seasoned marathon runner” Pete will take on the full marathon.
Of course this is all for a worthy cause, as they will be raising money in aid of the Nightingale Cancer Trust. Most of you will know of our long association with them, as they were fantastic in supporting our former member Mickey Bundle during his final years, as he fought against leukaemia. Following Mickey's lead, we have continued to raise funds over the years, through sales of our club calendars, as well as our fundraising event last year. And now Jack and Pete look to raise even more through their participation in this marathon.
The pair flew out yesterday, and we understand preparations for the big event are well under way, as they have already found an Irish bar in Stockholm for Pete to tuck into a pint of Murphy’s. Obviously front 5 forwards can’t run on an empty stomach!
The 6 Lakes Marathon takes place tomorrow, Saturday the 17th of August in Uppsala, Sweden. Everyone at Southgate RFC would like to wish Jack and Pete the best of luck. Let’s just hope the wind doesn’t blow you over just short of the finish line Pete!
If you would like to support Jack and Pete in earning money for the Nightingale Cancer Trust, please donate at the link below: