National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

15 April 2015

As thousands of Young Farmers descend upon Torquay to enjoy their first Annual Convention, one member from Wiltshire is sadly missing out - but for a very good reason.

Luke Cox,18 and Malmesbury YFC member for eight years, has given up the opportunity to attend his first Annual Convention, as he will be taking part in his first London Marathon!

Luke is running on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was on the waiting list to run for the MS Society Team, so held off buying AGM tickets until he knew if he was going to be on the team. Luckily for him, he got the call and will be taking part in the world famous marathon on Sunday 26th April - the same day as the NFYFC's Annual General Meeting.

Luke has always been an active member of Young Farmers. He was Junior Chairman of Malmesbury YFC when they won the Wiltshire County Rally in 2011. Last year, he was Senior Sports Representative and won the Sports Cup for the year. Since last year, Luke has had to take a step back from Young Farmers as he is studying Agriculture at Reading University.

Luke is also no stranger to long-distance running. In September 2013, he ran 3 half marathons in 15 days, running on three consecutive Sundays, raising £635 for Prostate Cancer UK. He is aiming to complete the London Marathon in approximately four hours.

"I have always enjoyed running to a certain extent, but I never realised that the London Marathon would be so tough" said Luke. "I naively thought that I would be able to easily just keep running until the end, because I was never completely exhausted after my half marathons. However, any distance past about 18 miles is extremely challenging for me, and when I run the full distance on the day I am going to have to use the support from those watching me to get me through the last few miles."

Luke said: "Because I have just turned 18, this would have been the first AGM I could have gone to. Whilst I am gutted to miss it, South West Area Weekend on the 7th and 8th of March was a fantastic introduction to Young Farmers weekends, and has hopefully set me up for AGM next year.

"Thanks to the generosity of my family and friends, I have already surpassed this target of £2,000, and the money is still coming in. The donations will support those who suffer from MS, which is neurological condition that affects over 100,000 people in the UK. The disease can be tough to deal with, but the MS Society help sufferers get emotional support, benefits guidance and the right to care. I chose to run for the MS Society because I spent 2 weeks in Portugal with someone who was suffering from it, and they way in which they coped and carried on with their daily life was fantastic to see. It made me realise how important it was for sufferers to receive the maximum support available to them, in order to enable them to be as self-sufficient as possible."

To make a donation to Luke's marathon challenge, go to Alternatively, you can text LCOX96 followed by either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.


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