Samaritans Phone Rings In For Double Marathon

Woodford Green’s veteran fundraiser, Dave Lock, will don his famous green telephone costume once again over the coming few weeks, as he takes on both the Brighton and London Marathons in support of Samaritans.

Long-standing supporter, Dave, has run 15 consecutive marathons for the charity that supports anyone struggling to cope, round the clock, every single day of the year. Prior to taking up marathon running, Dave was a volunteer with the Waltham Forest Branch, but when work demands meant he was unable to continue he decided to show his support in a different way.  

Having already run more than 20 marathons, Dave has set his sights on completing 50 by the year 2022, hoping to raise a total of £50,000 for Samaritans. Over the years, Dave has run in fancy dress costumes including, a giant cake, mobile phone and Big Ears.

Corporate Finance Consultant, Dave Lock, has spent months pounding the pavements at lunchtime, after work, and at the weekends in preparation for his 52.4 mile challenge, which kicks off on Sunday 14 April in Brighton. Dave will have a week to recover, before challenging himself to his second Marathon in seven days across the UK’s capital on 21 April.

Dave said: “I want as many people as possible to know about Samaritans’ vital service. Running marathons in fancy dress is a light-hearted way to raise awareness of serious issues, and the crowds seem to enjoy cheering me on. It is going to be a tough challenge running two marathons within the space of a week, but I have put in hours of training so I feel ready!”

You can help Dave achieve his fundraising target by visiting his fundraising page at
The Health Insurance Group is sponsoring all Samaritans’ running events for 2013.

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For more information about the work of Samaritans, or to arrange an interview with Dave Lock please contact Samaritans’ press office: Claire Duncan on 020 8394 8345 or email  

Notes to editors:

  • Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year. We provide a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them. Please call 116 123, email, or visit to find details of the nearest branch.