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When Joe Strummer ran the London Marathon?

Did Joe Strummer run the London Marathon in 1983 and the Paris Marathon a year earlier?

 

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As a boarding school lad, The Clash front man was a talented and enthusiastic runner. So maybe he did…

In the documentary Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten, we get to see and hear Joe talking about athletic pursuits in Paris before the release of The Clash’s Combat Rock (1982). Legend has it that Bernie Rhodes, the band’s manager, wanted to create intrigue to boost interest and thus ticket sales by having Strummer vanish for a while. The plan was for Strummer to get lost in Austin, Texas. Strummer was warm to the idea but instead of Austin went to Paris, without telling anyone. And whilst there he ran the Paris Marathon in just under three and a half hours. His keep-fit regime for success: “Drink 10 pints of beer the night before the race. Ya got that? And don’t run a single step at least four weeks before the race.”

 

 

The Paris story remains unsubstantiated. But Strummer did run the London Marathon, completing the course in 4hours 13minutes.

 

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Chris Salewicz (Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer) quotes Gaby Salter revealing: “He hadn’t trained. He just bought some shorts and said, ‘Let’s run a marathon.”‘.Antony Genn, who worked with Strummer in the Mescaleros, recalls the runner telling him: “I didn’t fuckin’ train. Not once. Just turned up and did it.”

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Posted: 22nd, April 2018 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Music, Sports, Strange But True | Comment


The cynical manipulation of Claire Squires death

CLAIRE Squires died at the London Marathon. She was running to achieve a personal goal and to raise money for The Samaritans, a group her mother has helped for 24 years. Money is pouring in to Claire Squires’ Just Giving page on the internet, and the tabloids want a slice of the action.

Following yesterday’s Daily Mail report which gave readers an insight into what Squires was thinking and her motives for running – andno, it never spoke with her – the Sun leads with ” Tragic Claire: Make it £1m.”

Claire Squires name and story seems to be raising money pretty well without the Sun’s patronage. Undoubtedly media reports on her death have triggered people to pledge cash. At the time of writing £592,559.08 has been raised from 52,103 donations.

But the Sun is here to co-brand Claire Squires, just as it did with Madeleine McCanns (albeit in the guise of its dead alter ego The News of the World) and Jo Yeates, slapping up reward and wanted posters for each woman with its company logo high and handsome over their heads.

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Posted: 25th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (4)


Claire Squires death at the London Marathon becomes a spectator sport

NO little shock at Claire Squires’ death at the London Marathon. The 30-year-old from North Kilworth, Leicestershire died on Birdcage Walk, not far from the finishing line. Her death is the tenth since the London Marathon began in 1981.

It is not yet know why she died.

Claire Squires is on the front pages of the Daily Express, Daily Mail, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and The Times.

Claire Squires was running for The Samaritans. Her mother Cilla has been involved with The Samaritans for 24 years.

So. Mrs Squires was a volunteer for the Samaritans well before her son died – Claire Squires’ older brother Grant took heroin and anti-depressants before he died aged 25 in 2001; a fact repeated in all newspapers. Yet, the Mail make the link and says Ms Squires’ run was a “legacy of love”.

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Posted: 24th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comment (1)


London Marathon 2012 – photos of runners, pukers and winners

THE London Marathon 2012 – if you ran – you mad, crazy, bastard – this might be you in our photo gallery:

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Billi Mucklow of The Only Way is Essex at the start of the 32nd Virgin London Marathon in London.

 

 

Posted: 22nd, April 2012 | In: Sports | Comment (1)


Charity Sacks London Marathon Snail For Slow Sales

LLOYD Scott, the man who took 26 days to travel just over 26 miles dressed as Brian the Snail from The Magic Roundabout, has been sacked. The charity Action for Kids has sacked Lloyd Scott for not raising enough money. He was sacked “due to losses incurred”.

He had hoped to raise £200,000. He raised £19,500. The charity spent £16,000 buying costumes and more on the PR.

Says Scott:

“The trustees made their decision just 11 days after I’d finished the marathon. I hadn’t recovered fully and was unable to fulfil the potential of the event. I don’t think it has been handled in an appropriate manner. Anybody would deserve to be treated better.”

But he cost the charity money. Is the aim of a charity to help the poor or itself?

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Posted: 13th, June 2011 | In: Money | Comment


Giant Snail Finishes London Marathon

A SNAIL has finished the London marathon. So. Looks like that trail wasn’t left by the Pippa Middleton fan club after all.

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Posted: 13th, May 2011 | In: Sports | Comment


London Marathon 2011 In Photos: One Wedding And No Funerals

THE London Marathon 2011 in photos, featuring Katrina Scaife and Andrew Ford’s wedding, loadsa celebs and pictures of runners all set to lose their toenails and get a gong that says they did it…

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*EDITORS NOTE CONTENT* A runner wearing a 'mankini' recovers after finishing the 31st Virgin London Marathon in London.

Posted: 17th, April 2011 | In: Sports | Comment


Katie Price Pulls Out Of London Marathon, Saving Us From Seeing Her Hideously Sweating Everywhere

KATIE Price – or Jordan if you’re from the ’90s – has decided to do us all a massive favour by pulling out of this year’s London Marathon, saving us all from the awful image of her distorted face and voluminous breasts pumping out orange sweat onto the pavements of the nation’s capital.

It’s tempting to think that she could have actually gone ahead with the thing, allowing people to point and laugh while blurting out “LOOK! That Katie Price outfit is amazingly unrealistic! Those lips look like a burst settee. Wait. That’s not the real deal is it?”

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Posted: 13th, April 2011 | In: Celebrities | Comment


Sarah Ferguson Will Run The London Marathon Like Icon Daughter Beatrice

PRINCESS Beatrice finishes the London Marathon and raises some money for Children in Crisis. And mum Sarah Ferguson is there to praise herself and her daughter:

“I have been her icon for the last 21 years and today she has become mine. I’m going to run the London Marathon next year.”

Maybe Beatrice needs to run faster?

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Princess Beatrice at the start of The London Marathonin Blackheath, London.

Posted: 4th, May 2010 | In: Hello! | Comment


London Marathon Pictures: Princess Beatrice, No Drugs Tests And

A LIFETIME into the BBC’s televised London Marathon and Sue Barker is trailing the Badminton Horse Trials. This is how telly used to be before the BBC closed down with a burst of the National Anthem: patrician, patronising and prosaic.

As for the runners, there are few things more boring that watching people run around, unless they are puking their guts out from both ends under Tower Bridge, pulling off their toenails along with their running shoes or a celebrity.

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Princess Beatrice at the start of The London Marathonin Blackheath, London.

Here’s a question: are celebrities drugs tested before and after they run the Marathon? Do you get tested for testosterone on the course? And where do you get testosterone from: a friend; the Goucho Club; toilet seats?

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Posted: 25th, April 2010 | In: Sports | Comments (11)