Marathon dad inspired by scouting movement to tackle city run

Langford cub scouts with Gary Jackson.
Langford cub scouts with Gary Jackson.

A dad of three has been inspired to run the London Marathon by the scouting movement and how it has helped his young son.

It will be Gary Jackson’s first full marathon and he will be fundraising for the Scout Association, as he belonged as a child too.

The 36-year-old, from Henlow, said: “I grew up going to cub scouts and I learnt a lot of useful life skills along the way as well as making good friends.

“I have seen my son Freddie, who is now 8, go to his local beavers group in Langford and now seeing him moving up to his cub scout group.

“I see first hand the difference scouting makes to the lives of its members and I want as many children and young people to benefit.”

Last summer Gary trained and ran the St Albans half marathon and got the running bug.

He added: “I have always wanted to run the London Marathon and when I saw that the Scout Association were looking for runners to help raise money I knew I had to apply and thankfully they gave me a place.”

He has been out training four times a week and added: “It is hard work after a 10-12 hour day at work but I am really enjoying it and with so much support from my friends and family and with people kindly donating money it’s giving me that extra push on a cold and frosty evening that I need!”

Among fundraising events Gary is organisaing a quiz night on Saturday, February 27, at Henlow sports pavilion, and is appealing for prizes.

Teams of up to 6 people can take part at £10 per person. He has already been given a number of prizes from local shops and businesses.

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Meanwhile his wife Lisa and children Freddie, along with Polly, 7, and Sebastian, 3, are going to run a cake stall in the next few weeks outside Langford farm shop to also help raise money.

If you would like to donate to Gary’s fundraiser, visit