Harleston man’s ‘grand’ 100km marathon effort set to be rewarded as funds near £1,000

Simon Marjoram, of Harleston, crosses the line at the end of the 100km London to Brighton challenge. ANL-150526-170005001
Simon Marjoram, of Harleston, crosses the line at the end of the 100km London to Brighton challenge. ANL-150526-170005001

A Harleston man’s ‘grand’ effort to raise funds for a south Norfolk high school looks set to be rewarded as sponsorship for his 100 kilometre run from London to Brighton nears the £1,000 mark.

Simon Marjoram, a self-employed electrician and treasurer of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) at Archbishop Sancroft High School, took to the start line at Richmond Park on Saturday, running the distance in 13-and-a-half hours.

And despite the epic journey he was up the following morning at 6am to walk his dog, feeling little ill effect, apart from an aching right knee.

“It is not one for the faint of heart,” he said. “I thought I would be around 14 hours so I was pleased to be well under that.

“Most of the time you were running with someone and it was quite nice. I was really comfortable until about 98km and my knee started to hurt and I could not get myself going without a lot of pain.

“The last two kilometres were the worst but I can live with that.

“I would like to thank everyone at the high school and especially my family who came down and met me at all sorts of various points throughout the race.”

It is hoped funds raised from the event will help pay for items such as books for the geography department, recording software for French, a printer for design and technology lessons and a projector for drama.

Donations can be made at Archbishop Sancroft High School, or Simon’s shop allthingsgreener at 7 Union Street, Harleston. Cheques payable to the high school PTA.