An ex-Donington student is nearing peak fitness for the biggest run of his life after playing football just a month before his marathon adventure.
Jordan Effield (21), of Billingborough, used up minimal reserves of energy to organise a charity match at the home of Spalding United Football Club as a fundraiser before next month’s London Marathon.
The match played on Sunday between a side managed by Jordan and one led by his brother Daniel Coleman (28), of Sutterton, at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field was a seven-goal thriller, won by the marathon man’s side 4-3.
Jordan said: “Before organising the match, I got in touch with a few football clubs, including Spalding United who redirected me to South Holland District Council.
“A lady at the council who I spoke to was brilliant in letting us use the pitch and then I tried to make the teams as even as possible.
“I got the footballers, mostly friends that I knew from school, college and through playing football on Saturdays, to pay and then play for Macmillan Cancer Support.
As a kid, I’d watch the London Marathon on TV and say to myself ‘it looks amazing’Jordan Effield (21), of Billingborough
“My dad and brother also played after I thought up the idea of making things a bit different by giving people the incentive to pay and play.”
Jordan, who used to live in Gosberton but normally plays for Pinchbeck United, has given up football for a season to train for the marathon on Sunday, April 23.
His aim is to raise at least £2,000 for Macmillan and the charity match raised £250 towards it, with the help of Pinchbeck United who supplied the playing kit for both teams.
Jordan said: “As a kid, I’d watch the London Marathon on TV if I woke up in time.
“I used to sit there and say to myself ‘it looks amazing’.
“I tried to enter the ballot for a runner’s place but, instead, I picked a couple of charities that meant a lot to me and Macmillan said I could run for them.
“My mum, dad and brothers are all coming down to support me, along with some friends and work colleagues.”
Jordan will be in good company amongst other runners from South Holland, as well as stars of screen and sport.
Lisa Gill, of Spalding, is running for The Adolescent and Children’s Trust (TACT), Spalding Grammar School PE teacher Chris Crane is raising money for Asthma UK and market trader Ian Johnson, of Swineshead, is fundraising for Breast Cancer Now.
All three will be lining up for the 26.2-mile run from Blackheath/Greenwich to Westminster alongside TV and radio presenter Chris Evans, double Olympic rowing gold medallists Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, pop group Scouting for Girls and Eastenders star Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale).
To sponsor Jordan, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com and then type in his name.