Jolly’s Marathon Run
Richard Jolly admits as a fox in the box he’s not a footballer fond of too much running. Yet the Stones striker, who became the second highest scorer for the club in their ‘professional’ era (1971 onwards) this week, opened his heart to reveal what has persuaded him to take on the London marathon in 2012.
In an exclusive interview with the Harrow Observer an emotional Jolly revealed how the loss of both his granddad and his aunt this summer had provided the inspiration to take on a slog he would never have dreamed of tackling – and never will again.
“My aunty was in a very bad way before she died, she had cancer and Parkinson’s disease, which really de-habilitated her, yet she had the courage to go to her father’s (my grandad’s) funeral a couple of weeks before she passed away. She stayed strong so 26.2 miles is nothing and that is what is going to be in my mind going into the marathon.
I’m doing it for Help the Hospices as well because in the last day before my aunty passed away she went into a hospice and they were absolutely fantastic. So it is really nothing for me to do it for them to benefit. It pales by comparison to the stuff that they did to help my aunty pass away in comfort and with dignity. So if I am not comfortable for 26.2 miles running the marathon it is nothing.”
Before all that the 28-year-old will concentrate on more familiar role as goal scorer as Stones enjoy a rare league outing in recent weeks on their travels to Concorde on Saturday. He was surprised to hear of his newly elevated status in Stones modern-day scoring charts (139), leaving him second only to the legendary George Duck (251).
And while records are good, achieving something tangible with Stones is clearly a bigger priority.
“I don’t think I will get anywhere near George Duck – I don’t think I have got the years in my legs. “It is a nice landmark – to be second on a list including Neil Cordice and players like that is a very good honour for me. “But I would just like to get us promoted and then I can look back on my career and be happy with it.”
Courtesy of Harrow Observer