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The appeal in aid of the work of Autism Initiatives has now been closed with the final amount raised exceeding all estimates - £3,081. Thank you to all who contributed.

In addition to visitors of this site I would like to thank my friends, Cayman National (new website) and my long suffering family, particularly Marie.

I'm pictured on the left of the picture below with my sister Margaid and brothers Mike and Martin (the 4Ms). Together with their spouses and extended families they have all generously supported the appeal.  Margaid and Mike both live in the UK but for the first time this year Mike will be assisting me with the website, particularly with photographs.  Martin is on the organising committee of the Clerical Medical Parish Walk.




£2,000 target for Autism Initiatives

 Cayman National to sponsor appeal launch

By Murray Lambden (3 April 2006)

I'll be running in the Flora London Marathon on 23 April for the seventh time since 1995. On four previous occasions, like many of the 30,000+ runners, I have used this privileged position to raise funds for charity.

After doing so in 2002, I decided to support the work of other sponsored runners rather than repeatedly calling on the same sponsors.  Last year I ran my best time in the marathon at the age of 48 (2 hours 43 minutes and 7 seconds) and I started preparing for the 2006 event with the aim of a further improvement.  After a setback when I tore a hamstring in January and could not train for a month, I decided that this year, rather than take the easy option and pull out, I would make a new commitment to charity.

My resolve to make the start line at 9.45 am on Sunday 23 April, and even more importantly finish about three hours later, will be strengthened by this commitment to raise £2,000 for Autism Initiatives to be used for the benefit of autistic people exclusively on the Isle of Man.

I've only managed just over 200 miles of training this year but they have largely been lodged during quality training sessions with a group of athletes including Paul Curphey, Mike Garrett, Nigel Armstrong, Michael George and Andy Gosnell.  I really appreciate their support. I've been training with Paul for 14 years and this will be his 13th consecutive London Marathon with a best time of 2.37 from 1995.


Less than 2 miles to go in the 2005 Flora London Marathon (picture by Margaid Gosschalk)

Autism Initiatives operate the Oaks Resource Centre, May Hill, Ramsey. The facility will be officially opened in the presence of Hon. Steve Rodan MHK on Thursday of this week. Much has been written about the incidence of autism in children in recent years. Less well publicised is how autistic people manage their lives in adulthood.  Most autistic people will experience learning and communication difficulties throughout their lives. Autism Initiatives Resource Centre will assist these people and I am trying to raise £2,000 towards the sensory and other equipment needed to achieve their aims.

About autism

Some individuals may be very socially withdrawn and isolated and have great difficulty relating to others. Some individuals may be very dependant on others and have great difficulty initiating social interaction. Others may appear to be very sociable but not understand the social "rules" governing friendship and behaviour. Individuals have difficulty extracting the “main point” from situations, thinking beyond the "here and now" and solving the everyday problems which allow them some control over their days. They often seek familiar, predictable responses and a narrow range of interests may dominate their thinking and behaviour.



Pledges at 06:45 on 13 May - thank you.

Autism in the news this weekend

Autism UK


Every year has featured pictures and statistics of all Manx runners who compete in the Flora London Marathon. In conjunction with John Watterson of Isle of Man Newspapers, this service will be provided again this year. If you are running in London, please email your details such as your club, any sponsorship and whether you have run in London or any other marathons. I will have publish the first draft of the Manx entrants this week - please don't assume that I know you are running.


Flora London Marathon website

and finally - the views of an autistic person

Cayman National Bank and Trust Company (Isle of Man) Limited are launched on the Isle of Man today. The company has been trading as Caymanx Trust Company since 1985 but have changed their name today to reflect the strength of their parent company,  the largest independent financial services organisation in the Cayman Islands.

Also today, the group commences their Fund Administration services from the same offices at 34 Athol Street.

You can find out about the group's services on the brand new website later this week at

The company's re-branding has been designed by well known athlete and former Island Games sprint champion, Alistair Audsley of Solus Strategic.

Autism Initiatives website

National Autistic Society

I'm asking my friends for help

Murray pictured with Paula Radcliffe in 2003 (Pic by Paul Curphey)

During the past two years this site has been accessed on 179,000 occasions. Together with the website has been published by me without any cost to any user for more than five years. I am asking you to consider donating just 1p to this appeal for every time that you have viewed the site in the past two years. I hope that I can generate £1,000 of my sponsorship target from you! If you are able to support this cause, please email [email protected] with a pledge or send a cheque payable to Autism Initiatives to Murray Lambden, Milton House, Brunswick Road, Douglas, Isle of Man. IM2 3LF.

Thank you. Murray



Dozens of visitors to this website have supported my call to support the Autism Initiatives charity by sponsoring me to run in the London marathon. The Oaks Resource Centre on May Hill, Ramsey was officially opened on Thursday by the Hon Steve Rodan MHK (left) and (above) John Legadere from Autism Initiatives explains to Mr Rodan how the sensory room will help autistic people when they have the funds. That is where your money will go and the final picture (above) is of the quote for the equipment - £14,000!

So many of you have been wonderfully generous with this campaign - thank you again. If you enjoy this site but have not yet made a donation, I would love to hear from you.   Murray Lambden is an independent site designed, edited and funded by Murray Lambden.

The site was updated daily for three and a half years until June 2004 when the webeditor took a sabbatical. It now serves as a portal for Manx athletes with special features on a few events and ad hoc publishing when time permits without giving in to the addiction! Old features can be found by using the Google search below or by using the old features page. The clubs are encouraged to develop their own sites to promote their events. will complement the coverage with statistics and extra pictures but, most of all, if will try and highlight the content of other sites and give everyone a chance to air their views on the forum. which is edited by Paul Jackson, is the highly recommended sister site of

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