Golfers smash charity target

Mike Cattermole, left, James O'Doherty, centre and Briony Craven Russell ANL-140904-092708001
Mike Cattermole, left, James O'Doherty, centre and Briony Craven Russell ANL-140904-092708001

Golfers from across the region have helped a runner from Newmarket add more than £2,900 to her fundraising total ahead of her attempt at Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon.

Twelve teams of golfers took to the course at the Links Golf Club, Newmarket, on Wednesday, for a charity day organised by Briony Craven-Russell.

The Newmarket Joggers member is to run in this year’s 26.2-mile race for St Nicholas Hospice Care, in memory of her dad George Craven, who died from bowel cancer.

On the golf day, competitions such as nearest the pin, and the longest drive, run alongside the overall team tournament.

Winning the main event was The Purists team made up of David Taylor, Di Stannard, Neil Mitchell and Paul Izzard.

Following a prize-giving draw conducted by At The Races presenter Mike Cattermole, an auction was staged by Will Axon from BBC TV antiques show Flog It!

After all the money from the event was counted up it was revealed that £2,908 was raised – bringing Briony’s standing total to £5,352, a figure more than double the £2,000 target she set herself.

“The local community are the real fundraisers,” said Briony.

“These kind-hearted and generous people turned the idea of a golf day into a reality. Without their support, be it donating items, money, their personal time or expertise, there would be no fundraising.

“Together they are responsible for smashing my £2,000 target and I am forever grateful to them for the opportunity to be a fundraiser for the charity which is close to my heart.”

With this year’s race now just three days away, Briony has confirmed she well on track with her training schedule.

“In respect of the training I am now in the tapering phase and looking forward to the big day,” said Briony.

“I feel so lucky and privileged to be fit and well and able to do all of this.

“I will run to how I feel, but I hope to come home no later than in four hours 22 minutes – though I have been told that the first mile at the charity start can take 15 minutes to complete.”

Although the golf day is now complete Briony is continuing her fundraising efforts through a raffle which will take place on May 9 at Manchett’s Budgens of Burwell, where tickets can also be purchased.

Included among the prizes is a signed Norwich City pennant, and a signed copy of Union J’s book Our Story.

To view prize lots and to sponsor Briony, search her name at