Members of the Countryside Alliance are running the 2002 Flora London Marathon to raise funds

Rural Britain will receive a boost from Countryside Alliance members next month when they swap their wellies for running shoes to take part in this year’s Flora London Marathon.

After a terrible year for farming and the rural economy in general, seven members of the Countryside Alliance have decided to run this year’s marathon and raise much needed funds.

The Alliance has fielded a group of runners in the London Marathon every year since it was first established in 1998. Last year they raised £60,000 and this year they are hoping to raise even more.

The seven runners are:

  • Mark Firth – Chairman, Foresight Campaign for Shooting.
  • Sam Butler – Chairman, Campaign for Hunting and Board Member.
  • Charles Jardine – National Angling Director.
  • Jemima Parry-Jones MBE – Director.
  • Cheryl Weller – racehorse and point to point trainer.
  • Richard Pollen – Chairman.
  • John Owen – Founding partner.

If you would like to sponsor a member of the Countryside Alliance contact the press office tel: (020 7840 9220) or visit www.countryside-alliance.org

  • Click here to read about HHO writer, Emma Thomas, who is running the London Marathon to raise funds for the International League for the Protection of Horses.

    If you would like support this worthy cause by sponsoring Emma email: emma_thomas@ipcmedia.com

  • Click here to read about the “man v horse” marathon in Llanwrtd Wells, Wales on 18 May.