Patrick (Jean’s son) wound up his amazing March-a-thon challenge in style with yet another personal best, running his fourth half-marathon of the month round the streets of Reading in one hour 46 minutes 52 seconds.
That eclipsed the 1:47:41 set a week ago by 49 seconds and is over 12 minutes quicker than the original target mooted when Patrick first had the idea of a fresh fund-raiser for Aquinoe.
He has been running a half-marathon every weekend in March to raise money for the charity and the final figure is poised to exceed £1,000.
Patrick, 42, says: “I surprised myself with the times. I originally thought just completing four half marathons would be enough of a challenge. Then as training went well, I set myself the target of doing them in under 2 hours. I am delighted with times but suffering slightly now the morning after completing the fourth run.
“However, it is well worth it to try to help support Aquinoe, raise awareness of the invaluable work they do, which is so important for children in Kitale, and also raise some much-needed funds. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me and the charity.”
Patrick got the March-a-thon idea from stepdad Dave’s fundraiser (the Stroll-a-thon) in 2020 when he walked/strolled round the local Recreation ground in Tonbridge for the half-marathon distance of 13.1 miles.
Jean says: “What a son, what a runner, what a hero! Patrick has put in a huge amount of time into training over the last few months and has finished March triumphant.
“What a boost for the charity and the school. Wonderful.”
Patrick’s wife Helena says: “I think he’s mad but super proud of him!”
After the run, Patrick and Helena joined the regular Saturday family Zoom where there were congratulations all round from Jean, Dave, Patrick’s sister Rachel, husband Ed and step-siblings Chris, Marie and husband Craig.
Dave says: “I’m so proud of everyone in the family. Well done all.”