RH Hall’s national wholesale business development manager Simon Parry has completed the Anglesey Half Marathon and smashed his charity fundraising target.
Parry finished the 13-mile distance in a time of 2 hours 31 minutes on Sunday 5 September.
He had originally aimed to raise £500 for LOROS, the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice, but far exceeded his goal, with donations totalling £800.
Parry commented: “LOROS is an amazing hospice organisation in Leicestershire and I’ve known several people who have had end of life care here. I lost a school friend my age during lockdown after a short stay. I support them as much as I can and this seemed a perfect cause.”
He said of the race itself: “It was tougher than I thought with the Welsh hills proving a slight issue. However I really enjoyed it and it is a box ticked for my 50th year.”
Of his decision to take on the challenge, he revealed: “I never dreamed I could run, let alone attempt a half marathon. The Covid lockdown gave me the perfect opportunity to try many new things, and one of them was the time required to start couchto5k.
“Towards the end of the programme a friend asked us to help raise money by joining a virtual event, the Great North Solo run, which comprised 40 runs between 28 June and 13 September. One of my thoughts at this point was weight loss to reduce the chances of getting serious illness. I ran from June to Christmas and was up to 10k at least once a week.”
He was subsequently inspired to take part in the Anglesey Half Marathon by reminiscences of spending his childhood school holidays on the island with his grandad. However, even getting to the start line proved to be a challenge: “I continued my training runs three times a week, and in February had an accident, tearing my ligaments in my leg, ending what I thought would be my marathon challenge. I couldn’t run or go up or down stairs. X-rays and virtual physio from the NHS got me back on the road 7 weeks before the marathon date.
“After 2 weeks of very gentle running I thought I can do this. So with internet help I designed a 5 week plan to get me from 5k to 21km, running up to four times a week.
“I did it with help and running advice from everywhere I could take it, some conflicting, but everyone saying ‘you can do this’.”