Clive retires from fundraising after smashing £250,000 target
CHARITY runner Clive Daniels has finally retired from fundraising after smashing his target.
The 73-year-old had announced in advance that last month's Bristol Half-marathon would be his last race as a sponsored runner – and wanted to push the total he had raised for Macmillan Cancer Support over £250,000.
But a massive £14,000 in pledges means that his total over the years for the charity has reached a staggering £260,000. And fundraising for other organisations before committing to Macmillan means that the total he has raised for all charities is £282,000.
Clive, from Yate, started running for charity in 1985 and has run 100 marathons and 24 half-marathons since then.
He first announced his retirement two years ago, but then changed his mind. He missed a year of races because of a shoulder operation and decided that 2019 would definitely be his final year.
Clive said: “My last charity run went very well, considering my low training mileage this summer – no long runs due to a calf injury and only two short runs in the couple of weeks leading up to the race.
"This, together with a massive nosebleed the day before, wasn't the best preparation!
"My time was 2 hours 42 mins – my slowest ever – but I really enjoyed the day and was able to complete the race without walking, despite the heat.”
Clive has found his motivation to be the work that Macmillan does. He has had experience of relatives being looked after and realised how valuable the charity’s work is. More recently he has met many people affected by cancer.
Clive said: “I wouldn't have been able to do this without the loyal support of my large number of sponsors (some 1,300 a year), particularly from the Yate and Chipping Sodbury area, but also from many shops and businesses this side of Bristol.
"I can't thank them enough. I shall continue running but will not be knocking on doors anymore!”