Breaking a sweat for charity
British man runs marathon in Old Perlican
A runner from England who overcame crippling asthma used his strong legs and giving personality to help the Baccalieu Lions Club in Old Perlican raise money for the Lion Max Simms Camp in Bishop’s Falls on Aug. 8.
Jeff Carter ran a marathon distance of roughly 40 kilometres from New Perlican to Old Perlican, and his efforts helped the club raise some $800.
It was arguably the most unusual fund-raiser ever staged by the club, with the obvious question being: What was a 41-year-old man from Bushey in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom doing running a marathon on the north shore of Conception Bay?
It’s all part of Carter’s plan to run 12 marathons in 12 months to raise money for charity.
The Aug. 8 run was dubbed “Newfoundland Marathon by the Sea,” and was No. 8 on the list. Nearly all of the others are in England, with the next one scheduled for Berlin, Germany on Sept. 25.
Carter decided to stage a run in Newfoundland because his father, Melvyn, and his father’s wife, Bonnie, have a home in the community.
“ Having asthma made me unable to do anything like this and I sometimes struggled to even run a mile in the past,” Carter commented.
It wasn’t until he underwent basic training for the military that he was given a proper diagnosis. He later became an engineer.
“I was given a medication that changed my life,” he noted.
His first seven marathons were in aid of charities in the United Kingdom. But Carter and his family wanted to keep any money raised in the Old Perlican marathon in this province.
He was pleased to have the funds directed to the Lion Max Simms Camp, which caters to those with special needs, ranging from autism to diabetes.
Carter commented at the finish line Aug. 8 that he was greeted by “the best welcoming committee” so far in his quest to run 12 marathons.
Carter’s wife, Sharon, ran the final leg of the race with her husband. Their two children — 14year-old-son Zach and Emily, age 11 — also took part.
Geanie Beckett, president of Baccalieu Lions club, walked nearly nine kilometres.
The club provided a soup and sandwi c h lunch after the marathon.