Marathon ef­fort in aid of in­jured rugby play­ers’ foun­da­tion

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A SOLIC­I­TOR swapped his court­room suit for run­ning gear to tackle a marathon in aid of a rugby play­ers’ char­ity.

Roger Bad­man, who works at Macclesfield Mag­is­trates court for the Oakes Part­ner­ship, has raised more than £2,000 in spon­sor­ship for the RFU In­jured Play­ers Foun­da­tion af­ter run­ning the Lon­don Marathon.

He played rugby for many years and wanted to do some­thing to help the foun­da­tion in its work sup­port­ing play­ers who have suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries and main­tain­ing safety in the game.

Roger came 23,868th in the race with a time of four hours 38 secs – 622nd in his age cat­e­gory.

He said: “I’m not a nat­u­ral run­ner but gave it my best shot and mission com­pleted.

“I had many years’ plea­sure from rugby both on and off the pitch and wanted to put a bit back by run­ning for the char­ity that pro­vides sup­port for those whose play­ing days were so sud­denly and trag­i­cally cut short.

“I used to play at Fleet­wood, Not­ting­ham Mod­erns and al­most into my fifties, Crewe and Nantwich – all clubs with true spirit.

“A young fly half and cen­tre sadly broke his neck in sev­eral places last year and I hope that monies raised will help not only him and his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion but also his fam­ily and oth­ers sim­i­larly af­fected by se­ri­ous in­jury.

“His life-chang­ing in­jury, fol­lowed by his de­ter­mi­na­tion and en­thu­si­asm for life, have made so many peo­ple re­alise that the world of rugby is quite a bit more than putting on a pair of boots and chas­ing a funny shaped ball for 80 min­utes on a damp Satur­day af­ter­noon.”

Ear­lier this year Roger met Prince Harry when he and 70 run­ners were in­vited to Twick­en­ham to train and look be­hind the scenes.

He said: “It was a great day and Prince Harry per­son­ally wished us all the best.”

Go to Just­Giv­ing/ RogerBad­man to do­nate to Roger’s cam­paign.

●● Roger Bad­man, solic­i­tor in Macclesfield, ran the Lon­don Marathon

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