We are very grateful to the six plucky fundraisers – including the 63-year-old director of our charity Fishing 4 Schools Charles Jardine – who will run the Virgin Money London Marathon this Sunday, 23 April 2017, in aid of Casting for Recovery, Fishing 4 Schools and Falconry for Schools.


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Charles came up with the idea of Fishing 4 Schools nine years ago and since then thousands of young people, with all sorts of backgrounds and challenges have taken part and achieved on our courses. Charles is evangelical about Fishing 4 Schools and that’s why he shall be attempting his third (and he claims his final but we shall see!) Marathon for the project, when he will be 64.

Keep up with Charles’ fundraising on his Facebook page and sponsor him here.

Evelyn Armstrongevelyn

Evelyn, 31, is a farmer’s wife and part-time clerk at Leyburn auction mart in North Yorkshire. The mother-of-two was in hunt service, as a professional whipper-in to the Hurworth hunt and says her favourite place to be is the hunting field, but she also enjoys eventing, and showing her horses. She hopes to complete this, her first marathon, in less than four hours.

You can support Evelyn’s fundraising online.

Edward Carter

edward-carterTwenty-four-year-old Edward is immersed in country sports. He currently works as a game keeper at Blenheim Palace, having ghillied on the Isle of Mull and worked on the Houghton Hall estate; he had a season in hunt service as 2nd whipper-in to the Heythrop hunt and enjoys ferreting and working his dogs.

This will be his first marathon, but Edward hopes to finish faster than 4hr 44min to beat the time of his girlfriend Phoebe Taylor, who ran for us last year.

You can sponsor Edward here

Edmund Shillabeer

Ed has been a vet for more than 50 years and runs his own practice Harwell Vet Centre in Plymouth. Aged 77, he claims to be the fittest vet in town, not having missed a day’s work since setting up shop in 1970. He is a member of Ilford Athletic Club and competes internationally in racewalking.

You can sponsor Edmund online.

Diana Stevens

Next year marks an important milestone for 46-year-old Diana, it will be five years since she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She says her rural network supported her through a long year of chemo, surgery and finally radiotherapy and now she wants to give something back.

“I want to use my five-year anniversary to make a difference and help protect the countryside and rural way of life.” Diana will be raising money for Casting for Recovery, which provides free retreats and support for women who have or have had Breast Cancer.

Please sponsor Diana on her Just Giving page. 

Josh Woolley

Amateur polo player and Cheshire hunt regular Josh Woolley, 27, lives in London and works as a commercial surveyor for Knight Frank. Josh was to run the Marathon for us in 2015 but did not compete due to injury. However, he still managed to raise more than £1,000 for the cause and hopes to reach his fundraising target this year.

Josh said: “I have a passion for conservation and strongly believe in protecting the countryside, its community and way of life. It’s clear the Countryside Alliance plays a very important role in preserving this way of life.”

Show your support and sponsor Josh online.


Want to join our team?

If you have been lucky enough to have secured an official ballot place from the race organisers and would like to join our team, please send your name, telephone number and reason for joining our team to [email protected].

We would love you to join us and in return you’ll receive fantastic benefits