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London Marathon: the round-up

Our tribute to Matt Campbell – https://t.co/hE7Q2XnHb9 pic.twitter.com/cWiUgPeUhG— Brathay Trust (@Brathay) April 23, 2018 Advertisement Awww… we had a surprise #LondonMarathon proposal when Craig got down on one knee at the finish line and asked his girlfriend Lisa to marry him. She said yes! The awesome #TeamSense couple are running 5 marathons for us in 2018! ?????https://t.co/B6rmQOoXwT pic.twitter.com/gocDuqN76e— Sense (@sensecharity) April 24, 2018More runners for Sense, Craig Dennen and Lisa Lee are in fact running five marathons for the charity this year, with Craig having raised just over £1,053 so far with this one. The even bigger news though was Craig’s proposal to Lisa just before the finishing line. Melanie May | 25 April 2018 | News Well of course she did it – My Nana completing @LondonMarathon on Sunday for @ParkinsonsUK at 83 years young. https://t.co/iO9dF0yuJS all donations so appreciated! pic.twitter.com/ku2fduKZos— Ellen Tomlinson (@Elleneats) April 24, 201883-year-old Jean Harcourt completed the Marathon (her second) for Parkinson’s UK, and has so far raised almost £1,200. A mum from Rugby who had a heart attack in January completed the Marathon in just over six hours. Elaine Beauchamp ran the race for Action for Children. This January a gym visit nearly ended in tragedy when she suffered a cardiac arrest whilst on the rowing machine and owes her life to the fact that her gym had a defibrillator available. This is her first of three planned Marathons this year. London Marathon: the round-up Tagged with: fundraising events London marathon Virgin Money Giving Vicky Bell. Picture credit: Guinness World RecordsTwo runners for WaterAid completed the Marathon dressed as a poo emoji and a man sitting on a toilet. 58-year-old father of three, Bob Prothero from Staines, Surrey finished in 5 hours 28 minutes and so far he has raised just over £3,600 for the charity. Vicky Bell set a new world record for the fastest marathon dressed as an emoji (female) whilst raising awareness and funds for WaterAid. Her time was 4:18:06 and she has so far raised just over £3,400. Here’s a round-up of some of the other Marathon fundraising news:”I love it, I just love it.”John Starbrook, our oldest runner at 87, talks about raising over £40,000 for charity through running….#LondonMarathon #SpiritofLondon pic.twitter.com/PNA7iXRhnz— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 24, 2018The oldest participant at 87, Samuel John Starbrook has raised £40,000 over the years through his running, and was running again this year for Age UK: his 32nd for the charity. So far he has raised just over £1,100. Beanstalk’s London Marathon runners all successfully completed the race – including one dressed as the Gingerbread Man. So far they have raised £10,618.67 for the charity, which will help it reach more primary school children across England who have fallen behind with reading. Seventy Samaritans runners joined 40,000 competitors in the hottest London Marathon to date, raising more than £115,000 so far for Samaritans. The first runner to make it home for Samaritans was Simon West from Bristol, in three hours two minutes, while for veteran fundraiser Dave ‘the running phone’ Lock, from Woodford Green in Essex, it was his 20th London Marathon in costume for Samaritans, and his fiftieth marathon overall. This year’s London Marathon has seen £45million raised online so far.40,255 competitors crossed the finishing line in the biggest and hottest London Marathon to date with temperatures of up to 24C.A record-breaking £21.8m has been raised so far through Virgin Money Giving by this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon. With money still coming in, this is expected to top £25m. On JustGiving, fundraisers have raised £22.3m (donations & gift aid) as well as an extra £1.6m offline.£1.3m has been raised so far for the Teenage Cancer Trust, the official charity of the 2018 event, and it is estimated that over 2,000 charities will benefit overall. Dad-of-3 becomes first paralysed man to finish London Marathon after 36 hours https://t.co/RpwTIyMDSs— Brain Tumour Charity (@BrainTumourOrg) April 24, 2018Simon Kindleysides became the first paralysed man to complete the Marathon, walking the route in a Rewalk exoskeleton suit. It took him 36 hours, and so far he has raised almost £8,500 for The Brain Tumour Charity. Main image: Thomas Lovelock for Virgin Money London Marathon  243 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis22 Incredible effort from Gabrielle Pearce – our youngest runner yesterday!She ran the race on her 18th birthday! ??#LondonMarathon #SpiritofLondon pic.twitter.com/885ZIYvLoE— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 23, 2018The youngest competitor, Gabrielle Pearce, was running for Sense on her 18th birthday. So far she has beaten her £1,500 target with a current total of almost £2,300.  244 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis22 The JustGiving page of chef and Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Matt Campbell, who died while running the race, now stands at over £134,000. 29-year-old Matt was fundraising for the Brathay Trust and in memory of his father who died in 2016. He collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark, and sadly died later in hospital. Some 3,000 people have now signed up to the Finish for Matt Facebook page, pledging to complete the race for him by doing a 3.7m run on Strava on Saturday, and giving a £5 ‘entry fee’ to Matt’s JustGiving page. The courage shown by this group of Firefighters is something else….?They have raised over £90,000 to support those affected by the Grenfell Fire. ??#LondonMarathon #SpiritofLondon pic.twitter.com/hKH8CwgUwd— London Marathon (@LondonMarathon) April 23, 2018In total, 45 firefighters and office-based members of the London Fire Brigade took part in this year’s Marathon. This included two groups, from North Kensington and Paddington, which ran to raise funds to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.North Kensington Red Watch have raised over £50,000 for children affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, while nine firefighters from A21 Paddington Red Watch ran in uniform, raising more than £90,000. Dressed as a giant poppy, 49-Year-old Owen Willis set a new Guinness World Record for the “Fastest marathon dressed as a three-dimensional plant (male)” category at the 2018 London Marathon. Owen was fundraising for The Royal British Legion and SSAFA, and has raised over £1,300 for the latter so far. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. read more


Six moves Patriots can make in NFL free agency, 2020 draft to convince Tom Brady to stay

first_imgThe Patriots can’t expect to keep Tom Brady happy enough to re-sign with them without making some pleasing personnel upgrades that can help him rebound from a tough 2019 NFL season.Brady, 42, showed some decline with his worst combination of passer rating (88.0) and QBR (52.5) in six seasons. His 6.6 yards per attempt was the second-lowest mark of his career. But when looking at his pass protection, receiving corps and other broken-down parts of the offense around him, he arguably was working with his worst overall supporting cast. The Patriots’ defense and special teams carried the team as far as it could go, to another AFC East title at 12-4 and a wild-card playoff exit. But to go back to the standard of competing for another Super Bowl — and convincing Brady they are still the best place for him to compete for a seventh ring — the Patriots need to have a great offseason of catering to him in NFL free agency and the draft.Here are six such moves New England can make to ensure No. 12 returns in 2020.MORE: Ranking Tom Brady’s best fits in free agency if he leaves Patriots (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a2/a/tom-brady-102119-getty-ftrjpg_iuggtkp4qzw8125do9oe6qrj6.jpg?t=-277047627&w=500&quality=80 1. Re-sign LG Joe ThuneyThe Patriots have some other key non-Brady free agents, but Thuney should be highest on that list over linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who might price himself out of New England, anyway. The Patriots’ offensive line struggled at times with the injuries to center David Andrews and left tackle Isaiah Wynn, but Thuney remained a rock, earning second-team All-Pro honors. Should he return between Wynn and Andrews to flank Shaq Mason and Marcus Cannon, the cohesive, consistent strong blocking will return inside and out.2. Sign Hunter Henry or Austin Hooper in free agencyThe Falcons and Chargers have tough decisions to make with their talented pass-catching tight ends and there’s a chance one or both won’t be re-signed. The Patriots tried to get by with Matt LaCosse and Benjamin Watson as their main two-man committee to try to replace Rob Gronkowski.Other than a few flash games for Watson, who chose to retire right after the 2019 season, New England got little in the passing game from its tight ends, especially in the red zone. Hooper and Henry were productive all around for their teams. They are smart, tough, sure-handed players built like Gronk.Hooper, only 25, is 6-4, 256 pounds and a Bay Area product like Brady. Henry is the same age at 6-4, 250 pounds and reestablished himself as a force after a torn ACL wiped out his 2018 season.MORE: Where will Tom Brady play in 2020? Breaking down his options3. Consider Breshad Perriman or Robby Anderson in free agencyThe Patriots drafted N’Keal Harry, who was disappointing overall with limited immediate first-round impact. Along the way, they had to cut ties with Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon. That left them with no experienced big-play receiver outside, as the trade for the Falcons ‘ Mohamed Sanu fell flat in simply adding another slot option to flank Julian Edleman, and undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers faded down the stretch. Brady is at his best when he has a home-run hitter, even a Brandon Lloyd-type.Perriman showcased himself well down the stretch for the Buccaneers when the team saw Mike Evans and Chris Godwin go down with hamstring injuries. Working in a Bruce Arians downfield-passing offense tailored to his strengths, the Ravens’ 2015 first-rounder (6-2, 215 pounds) finally lived up to being fast and explosive, looking like a seasoned deep threat. Brady could use an outside option from his ilk instead of multiple slot types.Anderson, with the rival Jets, was often held in check by Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore. But at 6-3, 219 pounds, he’s known for using his size and speed to take the top off a defense. Both Perriman and Anderson are only 26.4. Sign WR Rashard Higgins away from BrownsHiggins likely won’t be re-signed by the Browns behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. He should easily pique the interest of the Patriots as a good route runner with versatile possession skills. At 6-1, 198 pounds, he could be a lot more valuable “doing his job” for the Patriots as a reliable technician.Phillip Dorsett is a free agent, Meyers may not be in the mix and Sanu is entering his age 31 contract season. Edelman is going into his age 34 season after playing through knee, rib, shoulder injuries. The Patriots need once again reshuffle their depth and Higgins is only 25 as a good addition to it.NFL MOCK DRAFT 2020: Patriots reload after disappointing playoff exit5. Draft another wide receiver in Round 3 or 4The Patriots may be reluctant to go wide receiver in the first round at No. 23 on the heels of drafting Harry. But they don’t need to do so to get some good value at the position in a deep and talented class. They gave up their second-rounder to the Falcons to acquired Sanu, but they still have a third-rounder. And after trading one fourth-rounder to the Bears, they got another one back from the Ravens.In that range, for now, among the players to target at the position include Penn State’s K.J. Hamler and Michigan’s Donovan Peoples-Jones. 6. Upgrade the QB room behind Tom BradyThe Patriots moved on from longtime veteran backup Brian Hoyer, turning the No. 2 duties behind Brady to rookie fourth-rounder Jarrett Stidham. The third-stringer, Cody Kessler, was added early in the season. Stidham got a little mop-up playing time in Week 3 against the Jets, and was promptly benched again for Brady after throwing an interception that Jamal Adams returned for a touchdown. Although he has some developmental promise, Stidham by no means earned being Brady’s successor. Kessler has been on four teams in four years since being drafted by the Browns.However you look at it, this is a far cry from the 2016 Patriots, who had both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett behind Brady. He was stellar in the season after his post-Deflategate suspension and ended up leading the big comeback over the Falcons to win Super Bowl 51.This is more of a subtle move but signing a true veteran backup and/or drafting someone who feels more like the future at QB — such as Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts or Georgia’s Jake Fromm on Day 2 — can help Brady, too. Adding more experience gives him a sounding board on one hand, and getting a more talented and accomplished young option can reinvigorate him on the other hand.last_img read more