Story

Steve Burnhope used to run a few marathons when he was younger, but his last effort was the New York Marathon, way back in 1983. After giving up running 20 years ago, he decided to 'come out of retirement' at the ripe old age of 47 to run the 2004 London Marathon for this year's Harlequins' supported charity, the British Paralympic Association.

Steve has a few challenges to overcome to run this race. Firstly, there's the small question of training to go from 'nothing' to '26.2 miles' in just over 4 months! Secondly, he's had some early injury problems to contend with that have hampered his preparations. Thirdly, as well as being 20+ years older, he's 'a few stone heavier' than when he last ran seriously.

With a personal best for the marathon of 3 hours 19 minutes, when he was aged 26, Steve has set himself a tough target of 4 hours this time around.

Steve writes: "Raising money for the BPA is a huge incentive to me. It means I'm not just doing it for me, but more importantly for a really worthy cause. That helps a lot when it comes to putting in the hard graft in training. To run a marathon means you need to do hours and hours of running in training, even when it's cold and rainy, and of course, these hours have to be fitted in around work and family commitments, which is never easy.

Knowing there's a lot of sponsorship money depending on me to do it is a real motivator, so do please give whatever you can.

If you are a UK taxpayer your donation will be increased by almost a third at no cost to you. Many thanks for your support -------------------------------------------------------- Steve is sponsored by Quinssa and you you can follow his progress on the Quinssa website http://www.quinssa.org.uk

Raising money for

British Paralympic Association

British Paralympic Association

Charity Registration No. 802385

The British Paralympic Association selects and manages the Great British and Northern Island team, known as ParalympicsGB, that enters the Winter and Summer Paralympic Games.

Donations 24

Donation by Anonymous on 10/05/04

£46.20

+ £13.03 Gift Aid

Congratulations

Donation by Anonymous on 04/05/04

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Many, many thanks to everyone who has so kindly supported me, Quins and the BPA

Donation by Stephen Burnhope on 02/05/04

£300.00

+ £84.62 Gift Aid

Well done Steve, I'm very impressed with your perseverence

Donation by Duncan Franklin on 23/04/04

£26.20

+ £7.39 Gift Aid

Donation by Steven Lockwood on 19/04/04

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Congratulations

Donation by Rupert Morgan on 19/04/04

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Go for it

Donation by Cyril Matthews on 16/04/04

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Hope you finish the 26 miles!!!

Donation by Nicholas Rowe on 16/04/04

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Go for it

Donation by Gordon Cumming on 16/04/04

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

Good luck Stephen and don't hurt yourself

Donation by cameron bruce on 16/04/04

£50.00

Rather you than me! All the best!

Donation by Stuart Robertson-Fox on 16/04/04

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Kep on Running WoW

Donation by David Holland on 16/04/04

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Donation by sue maclean on 16/04/04

£5.00

Bon Courage...!

Donation by Mark Gubbins on 16/04/04

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

PerryGoGoGo

Donation by Daniel Blakeney-Edwards on 16/04/04

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation by Sharon Ellis on 16/04/04

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation by Stephen Burnhope on 16/04/04

£262.00

+ £73.90 Gift Aid

Donation by Simon Coleman on 16/04/04

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Keep running

Donation by Andrew Lawton on 30/03/04

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Good luck Steve

Donation by John Hartley on 12/03/04

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

It's a long and winding road (kwin)

Donation by Anonymous on 21/02/04

£18.00

+ £5.08 Gift Aid

Donation by Stephen Scott on 11/02/04

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation by Nigel Barton on 11/02/04

£26.20

+ £7.39 Gift Aid

best of luck in April, Steve..

Donation by Stephen Axbey on 08/02/04

£26.20

+ £7.39 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,199.80
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,199.80
  • Gift Aid£322.89

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