Rochdale Harriers and A.C.

Major Mike to run London (across the Pennines)

3rd October 2020

In the autumn of 2019, Mike Winstanley started training for the 2020 London Marathon. Training went well and he even completed a 20 mile race as part of his build-up. However, as we all know the world went a little bit crazy in the spring of 2020, when Covid-19 changed all of our lives. The marathon was first postponed from April until October, then the decision was made to cancel the mass participation event and just hold an elite only event on a closed loop in St. James’ Park.

Mike Winstanley vlm 2019

Mike at the 2019 London Marathon.

The 42 year military veteran, known affectionately by many in the club as “Major Mike” decided that he would take up the opportunity to run a virtual London Marathon along the Rochdale Canal. Starting at Sandbrook Park, the 72 year old will be running 13.1 miles to a point between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge, then turning around and running back to Sandbrook Park.

Whilst he won’t have the crowds of London, wife Gill and step-daughter Laura will be supporting his run, providing a lead bike and feed stations at Littleborough and Todmorden. Harriers are welcome to run a few miles with him* or just show your support on the route. He will be starting at 9am on Sunday 4th October and running at between 9 and 10 minute miles, expecting to reach Littleborough at around 9:45 and Todmorden at 10:40 on the way out and Todmorden at 11:40 and Littleborough at 12:50 on the way back.

Mike will be raising money for the Royal British Legion and you can donate by following thisĀ link.

* Please bear in mind Covid restrictions and ensure that you maintain social distance and do not form a group greater than 6.

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Andy MILLS says:

Excellent achievement Major… im myself intent on running 26.2 miles in a few days and regularly use Rochdale canal as my training ground.
May of seen you and your little posse this morning …I was in yellow Karimoor and stepped to one side to let your party pass. Ive been training for over 20 weeks including injuries and now feel it’s the right time to mingle and sign up to a runner’s club – any advice?

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