One of Rod’s friends Duncan Nealon is running the London Marathon in April for a charity very close to our hearts, Meningitis Now.
Rod explains why it’s such an important cuase:
“Duncan’s running in celebration of our son Barney who died of Meningitis Septicaemia in 2005, approximately 12 hours after first complaining of a headache. Barney was 3 and a half years old. Duncan is an old friend and rugby team-mate of mine. He’s attempting to break the world record for the fastest marathon run in full rugby kit. Luckily, he doesn’t have to wear the boots, but he does have to wear a scrum cap, gum shield, shirt, shorts and socks and carry a rugby ball all the way around. The record is a fast one, it’s 3 hours and 14 minutes so will require some serious training to have a chance of breaking the record.
Although far and away the most important thing is that we raise awareness of meningitis and the symptoms and hopefully meet our fundraising target too. It’s already going really well we’ve had a fantastic amount of support particularly on social media.
People have been sharing the video we’ve done to explain why Duncan is attempting the record and what it means to us, along with the just giving link to encourage donations. Thanks to everyone who has already made a donation or shared the information and thanks in advance to anyone else who can help support our efforts.”
This is the just giving link to find out more and to donate if you can. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/meningitis-now