Golf professional joins brother in London Marathon
The owner of a golf academy based in Murcia, in Spain, has snapped up a charity place for this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, which will allow him to run alongside his brother in the event.
Paul Carpenter, aged 42, who set up his own golf academy in Spain over five years ago, says he’s always admired those who have taken part in the run and admits he’s been a little envious when watching the London Marathon on television each year.
“My mother passed away in 2008 and since then my brother, Kevin, who like myself is also a golf professional, has run in two marathons to raise money in memory of her,” explained Paul. “This motivated me to do the same and I was in search of good charity to run for this year.”
But before Paul had the chance to research a suitable charity to support, Kevin announced that he had secured a charity place through Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
“My brother, who is one of the UK’s leading golf trick shot performers, was also looking to run in this year’s marathon!” exclaimed Paul. “A number of years ago, at an event he was performing at, he met Nell McAndrew, the model, television presenter and accomplished amateur runner, and they’ve kept in touch on social media.
“Apparently, on Facebook, he was bemoaning the fact that he had missed out on a London Marathon place in the official ballot and she got in touch with him to tell him about Caudwell Children’s charity places.
“She’s an ambassador for the charity and encouraged him to take one of their places.”
Paul took the time to visit Caudwell Children’s website and having seen the support that they provide to disabled children he was similarly inspired to take one of their charity places.
“My brother has three children and I’m very close to them,” said Paul. “Although they are fit and healthy I see the day-to-day challenges of bringing up children and I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for the parents of children who have a disability.
“Caudwell Children fund specialist equipment such as powered wheelchairs, adapted car seats, buggies and specialist sports equipment, so their help is vital to those they support.
“So I’m determined to smash my £2,500 fundraising target in order to help the charity support even more children across the UK.”
Paul’s run will be part of Caudwell Children’s #Team20 celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity’s foundation.
Throughout 2020 Caudwell Children is encouraging people to engage with the charity in a number of ways, like taking part in a fundraising event, volunteering for the charity, or raising awareness of the charity’s services, in order to join their #Team20.
Paul believes that his highly developed network of golf contacts in the Murcia region will ensure that he maximises his fundraising efforts. “As the owner of a golf business in Murcia I’m in contact with most of the people in the golfing community in the region,” Paul enthused. “I’ll also contact all 40 golf clubs in Murcia.
“I aim to be pro-active on social media to build up awareness of my fundraising and I’m confident that I will get a lot of support from the people who’ve attended my golf academy, past and present, as they trust me.”
Paul, who started playing golf as a Junior Member at Colchester Golf Club, enjoys teaching many golfers of differing abilities. As he explained: “I coach people of many nationalities to develop and improve their golf.
“The academy is an indoor centre with brilliant facilities, including a Swing Studio which is fully kitted out with specialist equipment to analyse the swing, like Foresight Sports, V1 coaching and Hackmotion writ sensors.
“We also have a Putting Studio which includes golf simulators, such as Sky Track, and we have practice putting and chipping stations alongside an indoor bunker.
“These superb facilities have helped us become increasingly popular!”
The Paul Carpenter Golf Academy is also much in demand for its Golf Fitness programme, managed by a certified TPI Instructor, which is linked to the development of the golf swing.
“I’ll use all my contacts through the academy to raise as much funds as possible,” said Paul.
Paul has applied to run the London Marathon in the past but has always failed to secure a place. He feared that he would be unlucky again and was worried that all of Caudwell Children’s charity places may have been taken. “I didn’t want to get my hopes up so I supressed my feelings and kept my application secret,” he explained. “When my brother rang to tell me I had a place I couldn’t’ believe it.
“He just said, ‘We’re in’ and I let out a scream of excitement, I just couldn’t believe my luck.
“The fact that we will be running in the London Marathon together is absolutely amazing and we’re both looking forward to the day.
“It’s also fantastic that two brothers who are members of the Professional Golfers’ Association are running, and we’ll enjoy every minute and mile whilst raising money for such a good charity in Caudwell Children.”
You can support Paul and Kevin Carpenter through their Just Giving page.
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