"Fantastic Charities" Five Ex-Harlequins Stars Including Chris Robshaw to Run Today's London Marathon - Ruck

“Fantastic Charities” Five Ex-Harlequins Stars Including Chris Robshaw to Run Today’s London Marathon

Five former Harlequins stars are set to run in today’s London Marathon, and all of which are representing fantastic charities along the challenging 42.19km journey. All of the ex-players were apart of the 2011/12 Premiership winning side, as Chris Robshaw, Mark Lambert, Olly Kohn, Will Skinner and George Lowe will all be running today.

Each former Harlequin will be raising money on their run, for five brilliant charities. Robshaw is running for his co-established Kerslake-Robshaw foundation, who provide music and sporting involvement opportunities to young people who are recovering from traumatic events.

Chris Robshaw of England seen during the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England v Wales at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham on Sep 26th 2015 in London – Photo mandatory by-line: Graeme Truby/Pinnacle – Tel: +44(0)1363 881025 – Mobile:0797 1270 681 – VAT Reg No: 183700120 – SPORT – International Rugby

Two of the Quins are out to raise money for outstanding hospitals, who work tirelessly to provide the best care for each and every one of their patients. Lambert is running to raise money for the outstanding Evelina London Children’s Hospital, and Olly Kohn is tacking to the streets of London for Bristol’s Southmead Hospital Charity.

Also, two Cancer charities are being represented along the way, as former back-rower Will Skinner is running for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Former Quins back George Lowe is tying up his running trainers for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, and you can donate to any of the above causes using these links below.

– Mark Lambert for Evelina London Children’s Charity

– Olly Kohn for Southmead Hospital Charity

– Will Skinner for The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

– Chris Robshaw for The Kerslake Robshaw Foundation

– George Lowe for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Mark Lambert (Harlequins) is tackled by Carl Rimmer (Exeter). Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs. PHOTO: Mandatory by-line: Garry Bowden/Pinnacle – Tel: +44(0)1363 881025 – Mobile:0797 1270 681 – VAT Reg No: 183700120 – 210215 – Aviva Premiership rugby, The Twickenham Stoop, London, UK

Speaking on the official Harlequins website, Mark Lambert spoke about his excitement for the race.

“So pleased we’re all doing it this year. Me and Olly Kohn had been thinking about it for a couple of years and not got places in the ballot. So both went for charity places. George Lowe has run it before so has some experience and Will Skinner is flying over from Singapore just to do it. Robbo is doing it for his foundation which will be huge motivation for him.”

The former prop also talked about how he is preparing for the race with training sessions.


“(Training is) Honestly pretty savage. Probably underestimated how long the long runs are. Anything over 1 hour 30 mins is a big shift in terms of the challenge, mental and physical. Just not something we’ve ever been conditioned for. Think all the boys would agree. The training is a slog, especially for us big lads. We’re big slugs not designed for endurance running. Snacks are key.

“Some of us are focused on pure survival (Kohn and Lambert!). Skinner has gone elite endurance mode and has trained with staggering intensity. We’ll all have target times to finish it but reckon there will be almost 2 hours between us all. Predicted finishing order – Lowe, Skinner, Robshaw, Lambert, Kohn.”

Mark Lambert Running
Mark Lambert running (Image Credit – Harlequins).

Some truly amazing work from the former Harlequins players. If you want to cheer them on today, the London Marathon will see the first runners leave at 09:45am, and all the runners will be out on the streets from 11:30am.