Walking how many miles, every day, in all weathers must be a reasonable training ground for a serious runner, that’s Cleveleys own Steve Ormond, Marathon postie!
Last Spring, we wrote about Steve, the Cleveleys postman. He’s been a postie for 6 years, and for most of that time he’s been delivering in the Whiteholme area but at the time of the original article was on relief duty which took him on a variety a rounds all over the FY5 area – which is quite a big area, and much bigger than most people think!
At the time when we first spoke to Steve, he was planning on running the Edinburgh Marathon but unfortunately broke his foot so he couldn’t compete.
Not to be stopped, Steve picked up his training and was lucky enough to make the Virgin London Marathon this year, completing the 26.63 mile course in a very respectable 5 hours, 14 minutes and 24 seconds – while dressed as Tigger! He does all his running and marathon’s to raise funds for charity. You can make an online donation on Steve’s fundraising page here.
Why this all started…
Steve built up a good rapport with the people on his original Whiteholme round, and he’ll always be grateful to them for spurring him on and their support in the early days. Steve says, ‘the amount of kind words and sponsorship they have given me over the years has been astounding’.
Like we said, you don’t do a post round and not be fit. The regular walking, and lots of it, on a daily basis builds up the stamina, and Steve started off taking part in the Blackpool Beaverbrooks fun run (and has run it annually for the past 7 or 8 years).
When his grandfather died after a struggle with leukeamia he decided he wanted to do something big to raise money for a leukeamia charity, first Children with Leukeamia and now Children with Cancer, and so his fundraising began.
The encouragement he received with the 2010 London Marathon was amazing, with people continually asking for information and wanting to know what he was doing next, that he felt such support couldn’t be wasted so he carried on signing up for things, and the money kept on coming, and he was hooked!!
Along with the Blackpool fun runs, here’s a quick run down of the events Steve has helped to organise and/or completed…..
2009 Sotos 10k road race
2009 Tandem Skydive (Black knights parachute centre)
2009 Cross Bay Challenge (Accross Morcambe bay)
2009 Cockerham Triathalon
2010 Great North West Run
2010 Blackpool Half Marathon
2010 London Marathon
2010 Cross Bay Challenge
2010 Lancashire Loop (50 mile cycle on my royal mail bike and in full uniform)
2011 Cockerham Triathalon
2011 National 3 Peaks Challenge (Climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon in 24 hours)
2012 Edinburgh Marathon
Steve’s hoping to continue this year leading up to the 2013 London Marathon – and his dream goal is to have raised over £5,000 for charity.
Steve created a facebook page at the beginning as a training blog for the marathon so you can follow his progress at this link:
or if you’d like to donate to the cause, this years charity is Barnardos and the link to the online fundraising page is…
2010 Lancashire Loop
2010 Cross Bay Challenge