Friday, 11 April 2014

George beats injury to reach his goal

A Telford man has successfully completed a half marathon challenge despite only being given the all-clear to begin training just weeks before.

George Heron is our office assistant at Martin-Kaye Solicitors, in Euston Way, and he ran the Ironbridge Half Marathon in memory of his fiancĂ©e’s mum, Pat Downes.

His achievement is all the more impressive as he had been banned from running for five years after problems with his ankles – including surgery to insert metal pins in both joints – and only began training in February.

“After such a long time away from running, I knew completing a half marathon with only seven weeks training would be a huge challenge. But I was confident I could do it and I finished in two hours three minutes, so I’m really proud.”

George has so far raised £400 for Bowel Cancer UK (which is double his initial target) and his effort was particularly poignant as the event took place just days before the fifth anniversary of the death of Zoe’s mum.

“Everyone at Martin-Kaye has been extremely generous with their support, both financial and emotional, and I’m very grateful to all my colleagues, family and friends.”

Martin-Kaye Senior Partner, Graham Davies, said: “Given the difficulties that George has had, running the half marathon is nothing short of a minor miracle.

“We’ve been impressed by his commitment to his goal and it’s great to see him complete such a brilliant challenge all in aid of such a worthy cause.”