Jersey’s First Golf Marathon ready to tee off!

Mon 20 June 2016

Two Jersey men are about to embark on a challenge that will become an annual event to raise money and awareness for the Jersey Brain Tumour Charity with a personal reason for doing so.

Michael Veillard’s brother-in-law is a client of the charity. After watching his sometimes very painful progress, Michael wanted to do something to show support but also to do something to say thank you to all that JBTC have done for him and others daily.

Since his operation with support given by the Jersey Brain Tumour Charity over the last couple of years, he has been able to navigate through his gradual recovery. Our client continues to get stronger by the day, he himself after struggling to walk or balance in the early months following his operation, recently completed the Jersey Mencap South Coast Challenge

Michael conceived the idea of a Golf match completing an absolute minimum of 26.2 miles walking distance, a marathon with a difference. The challenge has been rounded up to 6 full rounds (30ish miles) back to back, the entire distance on foot. This will be completed in a stableford match format of 108 holes. This will be taking place at Les Mielles Golf and Country Club and will become an annual fundraising event.

He will be joined by his good friend Martin Saunders who has been a driving force behind the idea, whipping up support from fellow golfers and corporates to get behind and support the idea. They will go head to head starting shortly after 04:00 am on Tuesday 21st June and hopefully completed before dark some 18 hours later, 22:00 pm on the longest day of the year.

Mike sees the “Step by Step” nature of this endurance challenge as a metaphor for his brother in law’s daily challenge of a much greater nature.

Sue May chairman/founder of the Jersey Brain Tumour Charity is touched by this personal approach to fundraising for the charity and goes on to say:

We are always touched by any islander wanting to lend their support or donate money so we can continue to provide this valuable service to people who desperately need it. But this is humbling on so many levels, given the commitment and effort both men have/will put into this fundraiser, not to mention the personal reasons for it. We are so proud of them and know that we all will benefit from this legacy they are creating as will the islanders we can support in the future.

Both the men have been busy in training to prepare them for this unique challenge and will be supported on the day by the team at Les Mielles Golf and Country Club and the team at JBTC.

We would really appreciate the support of the local media and islanders on the day to share their progress and come interview or cheer them on if possible.

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For interviews or further info please contact Kevin Pamplin (JBTC) 510867


Notes on the Players

Mike Veillard

· Nickname:  V   (nickname born from the social media era of lazy messaging, and because we have another Mike in Our circle (B)
· Handicap:  Somewhere around 12ish but always coming down… Watch him, the bandit!
· Strengths on the course:
  Has a swing that has the tempo and flow of the stars of the game… has by far the best swing in our society & is incredibly straight off the tee.
· Weakness: Can be got at psychologically with banter and mind games (Bring It On) not a fan of a mouthy golfers
· Strengths off the course:  Great constitution (Man can drink), a great husband and Dog walker.
· Most notable recent Golfing achievements: Won his division monthly medal for the Les Mielles Gentlemen’s Club.
  As a result was selected to represent the Club against The Royal Jersey GC

Martin Saunders

· Nickname:  El Cap (nickname yet again derived from the lazy social media era, short for El Capitain.
  I would like to think this was given because I am a great leader of men, but I assume is because I always take responsibility
  for all our endeavours, because no one else wants to.
· Handicap:  Depends who I am playing, Gents section 12, but my friends play me off 9!
· Strengths on the course:  A good short game, and a putter that gets it done, great in the wind and the rain. Great at psychological warfare.
· Weaknesses:  talks too much, can lose concentration, swing always a work in process and never actually bedded in.
  Spends too much money on the game. Terrible constitution, (cannot drink)
· Strength off the course: Hard worker, always looking to improve to get that edge. Family man.
· Most notable recent Golfing achievements:  Winner of the first Les Mielle’s Major Championship Stroke play event in May this year. 
  (And yes I am still milking it)


For more information please visit their facebook page: www.facebook.com/Jerseygolfmarathon

Their fundraising just giving page: justgiving.com/fundraising/Jersey-Golf-Marathon

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