2 well-known Isle of Wight sporting figures – Cowes Sports footballer and Newport cricketer Gareth Bricknell, and Newport FC co-manager Stewart Shepherd – both completed the London Marathon on Sunday, raising thousands of pounds for their respective charities.
Gareth, a PE teacher at The Bay Academy, raised nearly £3,400 for the Isle of Wight brain tumour charity The Wight Brainy Bunch. His target is £4,000 – and there is still time to donate. Gareth’s money giving page can be found here.
Gareth completed the marathon course in the very respectable time of 3:44.07. He said:
“What a day! Absolutely blown away with the support, donations, and wise words in the lead up to my first ever marathon. So proud to get round for The Wight Brainy Bunch, and to get 3:44 was a nice touch considering my troubles with injury. Thanks again everyone, I certainly felt the love.”
When asked whether he would be playing for Cowes Sports again this season, Gareth said:
“I’ll play when my body is recovered again.”
Newport FC co-manager, Stewart Shepherd, completed his marathon on behalf of the Isle of Wight Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. Stewart raised money the previous year when the marathon was called off due to COVID, and this year he will be donating £610. His GoFundMe page can be found here.
Stewart’s sister-in-law, Charmain Arminger, whose grandson Joey suffers from this disease, said:
“I would like to say a massive well done and thank you to my brother-in-law Stewart Shepherd for completing the London Marathon in aid of the fantastic Charity the Isle of Wight Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IWASBAH), who are always there for my brave grandson Joey and his family.”
A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus said:
“Huge thanks to Stewart Shepherd, who ran the London Marathon yesterday in aid of IW ASBAH. He had already raised £1,000, but Covid put paid to the marathon. Now that he has finally been able to run it, you generous people have added another £570.
“What a brilliant outcome. Thanks to everyone who donated, and of course, to Stewart, who ran the race for us. Every penny raised will support islanders with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.”
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