Welcomm’s credit controller, Mandy Allen not only featured in the local press last week to raise extra funds for her chosen charity, Help for Heros, but she completed her half marathon an hour faster than she was expecting, by crossing the line in 2 hours 59mins, raising well over her £1,000 target. Congratulations.
Harborough Mail article, Friday 7th September 2012.
Fitness challenge aids Royal Marines
Mum of Marine running for Help for Heros.
A mum has vowed to get across the finish line of a half marathon she is running for Help for Heros even if she has to crawl across it.
Amanda Allen (52), of Marston Trussell will be attempting to run the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon on Sunday.
Her son Tom is serving with 40 Commando Royal Marines in Afghanistan.
Mrs Allen said “I hope that Tom will never need the help that Help for Heros provides but there are so many service men and women who do need it, I felt I had to do something.”
Some of Tom’s comrades have needed the kids of assistance Help for Heros provides. Mrs Allen said she signed up for the half-marathon after a night out when she was complaining to a friend she couldn’t get fit. The friend had taken up running and persuaded Mrs Allen to do so as well.
She said “I send my admission in and I have been training since March and I have had some injuries, had to have some surgery, but I’m well up for it.”
Mrs Allen said the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon is not commercial and the course she will be running is very pretty, albeit more hilly than she had thought. Her husband Graham will be cheering her on at the finish line and Mrs Allen joked may have to have a stretcher or strong drink waiting for her.
“I’m very determined. I’m going to do it because I will cross that finish line even if I do so on all fours.”
To sponsor her visit www.justgiving.com/amanda-allen2or phone 07808 774645.