Runner marks big 4-0 with his 40th marathon

Beverley runner Lucas Meager and his 40-strong team who took part in the Chester Marathon
Beverley runner Lucas Meager and his 40-strong team who took part in the Chester Marathon
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A Beverley Athletics Club member marked his 40th marathon – and 40th birthday – when he competed in the Chester Marathon on Sunday.

To mark the occasion, Lucas Meagor and 40 other runners taking part with him raised £15,000 in support of 26 different charities.

All runners completed the course through the historic city centre before heading south over the Welsh border, through Holt and then returning alongside the River Dee.

Lucas, who lives in Kingston upon Hull, started marathon running in 2001 when he completed the London Marathon and has since raised nearly £40,000 for charities.

He has set a target of £4,040 this year in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth, in memory of his uncle, Alan.

His team of 40 included nine first-time marathon runners – a 10th runs the metric marathon due to injuries – as well as three Methodist ministers, 10 members of Beverley AC and two world record holders.

Lucas said: “I approached numerous friends and family about the challenge and have been recruiting over the past two years.”

A week before the Chester Marathon, he took part in his second triathlon, the Brownlee Tri, which he completed in 1:57:12. Lucas also met triathletes and London 2012 Olympic medallists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee.