John Adams, the man behind Dorchester’s first-ever marathon last May, has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by Casterbridge Rotary Club.

john-adams-paul-harris-img_0262John’s award was preceded by a rendition of ‘Big, Bad John’ from the 1960s – renamed ‘Marathon John’ and delivered by fellow Rotarian Tim Stiles, who accompanied himself on a guitar.

The presentation took place at Casterbridge Rotary’s Christmas party at historic Athelhampton House, where 60 Rotarians, partners and guests enjoyed mulled wine in the Great Hall followed by a meal and quiz in the coachhouse.

The highly successful marathon is enabling the club to distribute £13,000 to local causes. There is still time to submit applications for the club’s Small Grant Scheme (deadline 19 January), which offers £500 to local groups who can demonstrate a benefit to the community from their existing activities and show a further benefit as a result of receiving a grant. Full details are available on the Casterbridge Rotary Club website, www.casterbridgerotary.org.uk (follow ‘Marathon’ links).

The 2018 Dorchester Marathon is scheduled for 27 May, after which it is expected that the Rotary Small Grant Scheme will once again be in a position to offer support in the local community.

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