A Leyton Orient fan is running a marathon ahead of Saturday’s home game with Grimsby Town to help raise money for the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation.
Jon Carson will set off from The Breyer Group Stadium at 10am, running up to the Olympic Park and along the banks of the River Lea for 13.2 miles before turning back and returning to the ground to complete the full 26.2 mile distance with a lap of the pitch.
With both his grandfather and dad playing in various capacities for the O’s during their history there is a real family connection to the club and Jon, who has run over 250 marathons, knew exactly how he wanted to fundraise.
He told us, “The sense of community that Orient stands for was embodied by Justin Edinburgh. Besides restoring us to our rightful place within the EFL, Justin always engaged with the fanbase and that came through in spades. The memories of taking to the pitch with my Dad and brother after the Braintree game and watching Justin and his players celebrate will live in our memories forever.
“Running what I’m calling the Justin Edinburgh Marathon is the very least I can do to repay our enormous debt to the great man and I’m thankful that my wife, who represents GB in 24hr races, will be accompanying me to ensure I get it done. It’s an honour to be contributing to such a special cause and it will be a very special day.”
You can contribute to Jon’s marathon effort by making a donation to the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation here.