Rain fails to dampen spirits as VJ Day Peace Marathon triumphs
Runners and walkers continued undaunted in the wet weather to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day on the 15th August.
The names of the men who made the ultimate sacrifice during in the Second World War were successfully carried around on a baton by marathon participants in Leighton Buzzard on Saturday.
Individuals from local charities and other organisations, such as MK Dons Set, Dogs 4 Good, MS Society, Buzzards Inclusive, Navel Cadets Corps, Leighton Buzzard Hockey Club and Guides and Scouts groups were among those who took charge of passing the baton during the Rotary’s Marathon for Peace in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day.
Osborne Morris & Morgan were proud to be asked to join the list of organisations and take part in the relay to support Leighton-Linslade Rotary Club and local charities.
Alison March, from our Conveyancing team, ran in the marathon relay on behalf of OM&M.
Alison ran a distance of approximately 1.8km between the Cod & Waffle in Theedway, and the Clay Furlong Roundabout, and said of her contribution;
“I was expecting it to be a hot run but the rain didn’t put anyone off. It was a privilege and a pleasure to be involved with such a great event.”
President of the Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade, Richard Johnson OBE, said of the event;
“On behalf of the Rotary Club, I would like to express our sincere thanks for Osborne Morris & Morgan’s significant contribution to the Marathon 4 Peace.
After all the scorching hot weather, who would have thought we would have a day of almost constant rain, but then that is the joy of our green and pleasant land.
We were so pleased to be able to put together an event in these challenging times which both honoured the sacrifice of a special generation, but also enabled the area’s community spirit to shine through.”
The day started at 11am after the playing of the Last Post at the Leighton Buzzard War Memorial and finished at the War Memorial at 8pm. The names of the fallen were read out during the playing of Sunset, at 20:08pm.
Each relay leg was 2,194 yards, acknowledging the 2,194 days that World War Two lasted.
Donations to the Rotary Club charities are still being accepted. Please visit the Rotary Justgiving page for more information.