Meet Our Marathon Man!

Thu 9th January 2020

Committed Foundation supporter and life-long Rangers fan Wilf Marshall has been selected to take part in the London Marathon 2020 for the Foundation and he couldn’t be more delighted!

“I’ve done a number of events for the Foundation over the last ten years and adding the London Marathon to that list would be the pinnacle of my fundraising!” he explained.  

“I’ve applied to the London Marathon via the general ballot in each of the last 4 years as it’s a run that I’ve always thought looked like a fantastic experience and I’m at the stage in my life that ticking off “bucket list” items while I still can is becoming important to me.” 

Wilf has been running for many years and has previously taken part in 10ks, a half marathon and of course our Blue All Over Fun Run for the Foundation, as well as a range of other events.  He has been a True Blue Hero many times, having taken part in a parachute jump, the fire walk, our Big Ibrox Sleep Outs and Walk with Heroes, as well as attending Foundation events such as Q&A nights and the Charity Ball.

“I was ecstatic when I heard I’d been selected and really excited about participating in the biggest marathon in the world,” he commented, “I’ve set my initial fundraising target at £2500.  I’ll be leaning on the generosity of friends via my Virgin Money Giving Page.  I also plan to have an online raffle and bonus ball draw.

 “I’m hoping people will support me because I’m putting an aging body through the mill to complete this challenge! 26.2 miles is a long way....but I’ve completed a marathon in the past (Liverpool 2018) after failing to complete one in 2017 (Belfast - collapsed due to dehydration) and having to hobble round the last 12 miles in Dundee in 2017 after my knee gave way. 

“I’m also running the risk of missing my first Rangers competitive domestic match since 2007 to complete this challenge, depending on the fixtures after the split!”

Wilf is committed to the work the Foundation undertakes on behalf of the Rangers Family and is particularly supportive of the Foundation’s work with the armed forces community.

“The Foundation does wonderful work in both the community local to the Stadium and with the wider population both in Scotland and abroad through their various ongoing programmes with the likes of UNICEF, Children 1st and Glasgow City Mission as well as many local schemes for children and seniors to engage with each other,” he explained. 

You can read more about Wilf’s challenge and sponsor him here.

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