Grand fund-‘racing’ target for Caistor runner Jimmy

Jimmy Dutch on the finishing straight at this year's Market Rasen 10k, part of the West Lindsey Run series
Jimmy Dutch on the finishing straight at this year's Market Rasen 10k, part of the West Lindsey Run series

A Caistor man has combined two of his passions for a fundraising bid.

Jimmy Dutch is looking to raise £1,000 for the Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre by running two distance races.

The 70-year-old will be taking part in the Mablethorpe half marathon on October 6 and as a warm up will be running the East Coast Classic 10k on Sunday, September 8.

“Running is a huge thing in my life,” said Jimmy, who is a founder member of Caistor Running Club and also runs with a club at Cleethorpes.

Jimmy took up running in the 1980s and wanted to take part in the then relatively new London Marathon.

“I couldn’t get a place and then saw a little advert for a marathon just down the road from where I lived at the time and did that one,” he said.

And he did it in a very creditable time of just 4 hours 17 minutes.

Since then, he has completed 120 marathons.

Jimmy’s other passion is the past and he is part of the team of volunteers at the Arts and Heritage Centre, working as a general handyman.

A keen metal detectorist, Jimmy has found a large number of items over the years, from coinage to industrial objects.

“It is great uncovering things, but I always wonder what the story is behind my finds,” said Jimmy.

“How did the item get lost? Who did it belong to?

“The Caistor centre does a wonderful job and I want to support them by raising £1,000 to help preserve the archaeological finds of the past and future and help educate our young people and future generations.”

To support Jimmy in his fundraising quest, call into Caistor Post Office or the Arts and Heritage Centre in Plough Hill, where sponsor forms are available.