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Would there be anyone who’d do the same for me?

by @garyfallsover
Tuesday 5th August 2014
Tags  Gary Dalton   |   Tim Lambert   |   Lon Lomas

Run247 columnist Gary Dalton calls on you to support a worthy cause

I’m a grumpy fecker at the best of times. It’s well known amongst my friends that I’m more hormonal than a pregnant Goth teenager and occasionally it take’s  every ounce of will power to tolerate  the fact that there’s other people on the planet besides me. Now I could blame the fact that I come from a particularly windswept part of the Emerald Isle, where the trees grow sideways and when the rain subsides you can just hear the faint sound of the music from Deliverance played on a fiddle. Or I could excuse it by the fact that I’m a policeman in the largest city in the UK, I see on a daily basis how cruel people can be to each other and I’m largely powerless to help. Or it could be that I just have a perpetual case of sand in the vagina and that’s just the way it is.

However, every now and then I’m truly heartened by a story I hear through the ultra-community grapevine, whether its via Facebook or Twitter or iRunFar. And today I read a story that made me stop and think: would there be anyone who’d do the same for me if I passed.

Now some of you will know Tim Lambert personally, some of you will never have heard of him and others, like me, will be Facebook friends and occasional  posters on the same internet threads. Through the internet, Tim befriended another ultra runner, Lon Lomas, who was tragically killed on a training ride at the beginning of last month. (fromsofatoultra.com/2014/08/04/lon-lomas-a-tribute/ )

Both Tim and Lon were planning on doing their first 100 milers this year, Tim in this weekends Centurion NDW 100 and Lon in the Brazos Bend 100 in Texas in December. Now Lon is never going to get the chance to run his race so Tim is going to do it for him, in memory of Lon and to give his family the finishers buckle Lon would have earned had he been given the chance. But he needs some help and that’s partly why I’m writing this column. Tim’s set up a crowdfunding site (www.crowdfunder.co.uk/a-tribute-to-lon-lomas/ *) and he could do with some help with the flights.  Now I don’t know about you but I thought it was the least I could do.

There’s something about the ultra community which I think brings out the best in people, I’ve lost count of the times over the years I’ve asked and been asked in a race ‘you ok?, you need anything?’ I’ve stopped out to help racers who’ve been injured and I know of others, like Sam Robson in last years Spine Challenger, who could have challenged for a win but gave up huge amounts of time to help an injured runner. It says a huge amount when race organisations like Centurion have a wait list for volunteers! People want to be involved, to give back to the community because they know how important that support can be when they’re the one who needs it.

I like to think of myself as being a basically good person. Though outwardly I can be somewhat curmudgeonly I’m fiercely loyal to my friends, I volunteer to mentor kids in danger of extremism and a fair portion of my wage goes to charity every month. But today I asked myself, and maybe we should all ask ourselves, could I do more? Because I’m not sure it would have occurred to me to do what Tim’s doing for a man he never met. But because he is doing it I think we should do what we can too.

*Every penny over Tim's target of £750 will be passed to Lon’s wife, for her to contribute to her children’s upbringing and education.


About The Author

Gary Dalton

Gary Dalton is a rugby loving, crime fighting, white Irish Muslim ultra runner. Despite all this he's not a complete eejit. 

Gary is originally from the west of Ireland and can't actually remember when he moved to London - he blames a heavy diet of being tackled by prop forwards and potatoes for the memory loss. He hates going out for runs, canals and borderline hypothermia and loves ice cream and going out for runs. 


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