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Half-marathon man Poolton does his bit for cancer charities

Half-marathon man Poolton does his bit for cancer charities

The coffers of two major cancer charities have been given a boost thanks to the efforts of David Poolton, the head PGA Professional at Kingsthorpe Golf Club, Northampton.

Prostate Cancer UK and Cancer Research UK have received £1,675 and £1,000 respectively as a result of two fundraising events Poolton has either organised or undertaken.

The first involved a golf day in July which, contested by more than 100, generated in excess of £2,000 as a result of entry fees, a beat the pro competition, auction and evening function.

Poolton was indebted to the support from head greenkeeper Simon Reardon and his team for combating the rain during the golf day.

His second fundraising initiative took place in more favourable conditions but involved a physical effort as opposed to organisational skills.

It saw him not so much rubbing shoulders with Sir Mo Farah in the Great North Run but watching the quadruple Olympic gold medallist disappear into the distance.

In the event, Poolton took two hours 24 minutes and 46 seconds to cover the 13.1 miles while Sir Mo was almost an hour-and-half quicker.

More importantly, Poolton raised £520 for Cancer Research UK.

Commenting on the two events and his choice of charities, Poolton explained: “I’ve only been at the golf club for 14 months so this was the first time I’d run a golf day there.

“I’d run them at my previous club, Ryehill near Banbury, and this one was so successful we plan to make it an annual event.

“As for the Great North Run, this was the second time I’ve taken part. I’ve also run in the Birmingham and Coventry half-marathons but don’t do as much training as I should!

“I’ve raised money for cancer charities each time. That’s because of family issues and I chose Prostate Cancer UK because of its links with The PGA.”