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Run for Glyn: Lifeguards’ 26-mile tribute to Lido hero

Pool staff tackle London Marathon in memory of Glyn Roberts

27 April, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Marathon runners Paul Jeal, Michael Annegarn and Mari Timoney with friends, family and supporters after the race

HIS friends say he was with them every gruelling step of the 26-plus miles of the London Marathon on Sunday – and for Parliament Hill Lido lifeguards Paul Jeal, Michael Annegarn and Mari Timoney, thinking of their friend Glyn Roberts spurred them on to the finishing line.

The lifeguards completed the run in memory of their colleague, who died suddenly on New Year’s Day.

Glyn was known for his lifesaving skills and the tireless work he did for charity – so his friends felt it was fitting they ran the marathon, which would have been keen runner Glyn’s 19th, and at the same time raised funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Glyn Roberts

Lido chief Mr Jeal said: “We finished it in under four hours and 30 minutes and so far we have raised over £7,000. We’d like to say a massive thank-you to everyone who has supported us and donated over the last few months. Glyn’s family, along with our families and many friends, came down to cheer us on. Lido lifeguard Elly Goldstein made a fantastic banner with a picture of Glyn on. Seeing it being waved at the 20-mile mark when we were physically drained really spurred us on for the final push towards the line.”

He added: “It was a very emotional day for all of us but a fitting tribute to Glyn, who I am sure would have loved the attention.”

You can still donate funds in Glyn’s memory – go to

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