Dunmow Saxophone player running fifth London Marathon to raise money for charity Make Some Noise

PUBLISHED: 09:22 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:22 12 March 2018

The Dunmow Wind Band has grown in membership over the last five years. Picture: CONTRIBUTED.

The Dunmow Wind Band has grown in membership over the last five years. Picture: CONTRIBUTED.

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A Great Dunmow saxophone player and an orginal member of the Dunmow wind band is preparing to run his fifth London Marathon, after taking up the sport eight years years ago, to raise money for charity Make Some Noise.

Alan Stretton nears the finish line of the London marathon. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Alan Stretton nears the finish line of the London marathon. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Alan Stratton, 51, will be playing as well as conducting at Dunmow Wind Band’s stage and screen concert on March 16th, which will also raise money for Make Some Noise, which supports smaller charities caring for ill and disabled children. The concert, held at Foakes Hall, in Dunmow. will be compèred by Alan Dedicoat- nicknamed “the voice of the balls” by Terry Wogan, for his voice over work on the National Lottery Programme.

After suffering a stroke in August 2017, Mr Stratton, decided to run the marathon for a fifth time.

“I did say after my fourth marathon, never again. But I decided I needed a challenge, mentally more than anything else. I have done some freelance work for global radio (the company which runs Make Some Noise) and I thought it was good to support a less well known charity.”

“My parents were involved in the Enfield and Harringate Athletic club but I never got into sport when I was young, I probably thought more about getting out P.E then winning any sports awards. I once ran a race where my Dad was officiating and came dead last.”

After deciding to lose weight in 2010, Mr Stretton started running and lost five stone.

The Dunmow Wind Band was formed in 2013 by Andy King, and has almost 50 members now, says Mr Stratton.

“It has been fantastic to watch the band grow. Alan is the perfect host for our charity concert, which is devoted to stage and screen favourites. The band has been working hard to put on a fantastic show, and having Alan as our host really is the icing on the cake.”

After the concert Alan will ditch his saxophone and lace up his trainers as he runs the Brentwood half marathon two days later, in preparation for the marathon on April 22nd.

To donate please visit the Virgin Money Giving website and find ‘Alan Stratton running for Make Some Noise’.

To buy tickets for the Dunmow Wind Band charity concert go to: www.ticketsource.co.ukdunmow-wind-band.

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