BTFC Supporter, Richard Pilbeam, to run London Marathon in aid of the Ark Cancer Charity Centre

By Ken Gaunt

Season-ticket holder Richard Pilbeam will be back on home ground on Saturday when Cinderford Town are the visitors.

But this match holds a special and poignant significance for the 39-year-old supporter from Chineham, who is running in the Virgin London Marathon on April 23.

For he will be collecting donations for his chosen charity, the Ark Cancer Centre, as part of his target of raising £1,000.

The charity is one of the club’s community partners and the stadium was named after it this season.

It is a charity that is close to Richard’s heart as he lost a grandmother and mother-in-law to cancer.

They are a close-knit family as Richard is usually accompanied to matches by his dad Geoff and son Archie.

Richard said: “It has been an up and down season to say the least. But we have some good young players and maybe they should be given another crack of the whip.

We have the Hampshire Senior Cup final to look forward to. If you are a supporter you should be passionate about the prospect of lifting a trophy.

A member of Chineham Park Running Club, Richard added:

“I have seen and experienced the stress and anxiety that a person receiving treatment for cancer and their family go through.

“I want to do something to support the Ark Cancer Centre charity and the cancer treatment centre project.”

With thanks to (Hampshire cricket legend) Shaun Udal of Cotton Graphics for the running vests and shirts.

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Read more about Richard's background here

I am 38 years old and have lived in Basingstoke all my life. I have 2 children Lucy 8 and Archie 4.

Both my grandma and mother in law have sadly passed away due to cancer.

The reason I am running for the Ark is because I have seen the stress and anxiety that both the person receiving treatment and their family have to go through each day and would like to be part of improving this experience.

I joined Chineham Park Running club in August 2015.

In 2017 I have run a number of races to prepare for London these are Farnborough (13 miles – 1hr 57 mins), Bramley (20 miles – 3hr 20 mins) and Fleet (13 miles – 1hr 54 mins).  My fastest time for 13 miles was at Fleet.

Other challenges I have done include The 3 Peaks Challenge in 2013 (completed in 22 hrs) and Walking around the Isle of Wight in 24hrs (52 of 72 miles completed).

I am a passionate supporter of Basingstoke Town Football Club and will be collecting donations at the Cinderford game on 15th April 2017.

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