Building our magnificent Cathedral in just 38 years was a breathtaking achievement - but now a former Cathedral School student is embarking on a similarly Olympian feat to help preserve it for future generations.
Megan Goulding, now a trainee solicitor in London, will be running the London Marathon on Sunday 24 April to raise money towards the Major Repair Programme.
The repair programme has been underway for almost as long as it took to build the Cathedral, nearly 30 years, and there are craftsmen like Gary Price, Clerk of The Works and the man responsible for overseeing the MRP, who began their working life as apprentices on the programme.
Gary Price, Clerk of the Works said:
“We’ll all be cheering for Meg as she gets to the finishing line. I ran the London Marathon myself in 1998 and I know how tough it is, so it’s not just about the money she’s raising but also the fact that she is taking on such a big challenge for us and for a project we all hold very dear to our hearts!”
Megan Goulding, dubbed Marathon Meg by Cathedral staff, started marathon running comparatively recently and has already completed three half marathons in Hackney, Bath and Oxford. London, however, is in a different league - a gruelling 26 miles 385 yards long, running from Blackheath to the famous finish line on The Mall by Buckingham Palace.
Fortunately Megan is no stranger to challenges. The Oxford and Welsh under-19 Lacrosse player raised just over £1000 for the Children At Risk Foundation UK when she did the Hackney half marathon. This time there’s a chance that you can help her increase the money she’s raised through donations if you sponsor her between now and 15 April using a MasterCard on her Virgin Giving page – that way she’ll be entered into a prize draw that could win a further £25,000 towards the Major Repair Programme.
Undaunted by the task that lies ahead Megan, who is the daughter of June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury and QC Paul Goulding, said:
“This is my very first marathon and a huge challenge but having lived under the spire of the Cathedral since I was five years old I have got used to seeing scaffolding on different parts of the building and I very much want to see the work finished. Knowing that I can help towards securing the beauty of this iconic building for generations to come will be the thing driving me on - as well as the personal challenge, of course!”
If you want to donate to Megan’s cause click here.
Or to read more about Megan and the Major Repair programme on our website follow this link: http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/news/megs-marathon-major-repair-programme