One step closer to running a memorable marathon

Jacquie Crowley with Denise Lewis after one of her runs
Jacquie Crowley with Denise Lewis after one of her runs
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A Deacon will be one step closer to completing his 80th marathon tomorrow when he joins more 35,000 runners in London for a top event.

John McCann, 62, a Deacon for Blessed John Henry Newman parish in Morecambe, is running the London Marathon to raise money for some of the poorest people in the world, while sprightly former schoolteacher Jacquie Crowley, 66, has thousands resting on her first marathon attempt.

John has been running for 30 years and for a variety of charities but John’s local parish has always encouraged him to run marathons for CAFOD - the official Catholic overseas aid and development agency.

Last year he and 14 others ran the Windermere Marathon every day for 10 consecutive days.

CAFOD manager for Lancaster Rosa Trelfa said: “We’re so proud of John, what an amazing feat, and all the other runners.

“It’s inspiring that people are putting so much time and energy into thinking about others and helping to change lives.”

Jacquie from Penwortham, only started running eight years ago after a friend died from breast cancer and she has already raised more than £2,500 for Cystic Fibrosis c.

Among those donating are former pupils at All Hallows Catholic High School, who baked and sold cakes in school.

On her Just Giving page Jacqiue said: “For over 40 years as a science teacher I taught pupils about the genetic disorder Cystic Fibrosis as part of the GCSE science syllabus.

“A colleague, whose daughter Jennie has CF, would come and talk to the class about living with it. Jennie wasn’t expected to live beyond the age of 15 but, thanks to new treatments, she is still living a full life.”