Higham and Rushden runners to raise funds for tragic London Marathon Armed Forces veteran

Members of two running groups are to take part in a fundraiser for a man who died during the London Marathon

Members of two running groups are to take part in a fundraiser for a man who died during the London Marathon

Members of two running groups are to take part in a fundraiser for a man who died during the London Marathon.

Team Balancise of Higham Ferrers and Rushden Runners are planning to get together and run 3.2 miles to raise funds for Afghanistan veteran Captain David Seath’s charity page.

Captain Seath, 31, suffered a cardiac arrest near the 23-mile mark, just 3.2 miles short of the finish line, during the race on April 24.

He was running in aid of Help for Heroes and had hoped to raise £250 for the forces-based charity.

The main run will take place on Sunday, May 8, at Stanwick Lakes.

A £1 donation will be collected from each runner and donated to Captain Seath’s Just Giving page.

The run will start by the toilet block near the main Stanwick Lakes building and will cover a 3.2 mile route.

Runners are to gather at 1.45pm for a prompt 2pm start.

All members and their families are planning to join in to run or walk the 3.2 miles to honour Captain Seath, including children and dogs.

For those who can’t make it on May 8, the two clubs are planning to also meet and do the 3.2 miles on Wednesday, May 4, at 6pm, at the same location in Stanwick Lakes.

Chairman of Team Balancise Keith Hall said: “One of our members brought to our attention the fact that Captain Seath’s friends and family were finishing his race for him to raise money for his Just Giving page and suggested we may do the same.

“We thought it was a great idea and Rushden Runners kindly agreed to join us.

“If anyone else wants to join in and donate £1 they would be welcome but please note this is not an official event, just a bunch of people getting together to contribute to a worthy cause on David Seath’s behalf.

“All will be welcome.”