Equestrians prepare for London Marathon

  • This Sunday (13 April) brave runners from the equestrian world will be tackling the Virgin Money London Marathon for worthy causes.

    These include the Qatar Racing team (pictured above) — some of which were unlikely contenders for a 26-mile run.

    The team includes Qatar Racing’s Sheikh Fahad and his adviser, and Ledbury master David Redvers.

    David is a marathon regular, however some of the others are not.

    “I’m doing it, but on a lot of painkillers,” said Sheikh Fahad. “Every specialist in the world has told me running is not for me, but for Racing Welfare I’m prepared to give it a try.”

    Trainer Richard Hannon, also not known for his running prowess, added: “My preparation has included running the Silverstone half.

    “In the final mile I was overtaken by Daffy Duck, complete with webbed feet, and the Wolverhampton 2-man bobsleigh team — carrying a bobsleigh. If I finish in 7hr I’ll be happy.”

    Others taking part include 7 running for the Countryside Alliance Foundation, World Horse Welfare’s deputy chief executive Tony Tyler and a “Colin” the fibreglass horse, who will be carried the 26.2 miles by 4 runners for the Chichester Poppy Appeal.

    If you are running the London Marathon for an equestrian good cause, please tweet your name, charity and finishing time to @horseandhound using #londonmarathon

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