One family is going the extra mile at the Poole Festival of Running on 27th May. The Daly family is running in memory of Pat Daly who passed away suddenly of pneumonia at the age of just 39 last year.
Pat always wanted to run a marathon. As he didn’t get the chance to do it, 14 members of his family are running the distance of a marathon between them in his memory. Even seven of his nieces and nephews aged between six and 18 are joining in with his brothers, sisters, and sister and brother in law to take part and raise money for Harold and the Life Bus. Ten of the runners are pictured here.
Andy Ede, Pat’s brother in law and running partner explained: “Pat was a keen runner, and took part in lots of running events across the area. As a family we have decided to run a marathon in his memory and raise money for charity.
“We’re not crazy or fit enough to run a marathon each so we thought we’d enter different races totalling 26.25 miles which just cover a marathon. It’s really exciting doing it together, it keeps us going and we’ve all been there for each other through the highs and lows of training. We’ve gone from struggling to run a kilometer to achieving personal bests for 5k. And one of the team even dislocated their shoulder when they came off a treadmill. But because we’re training together we’ve supported each other and shared those tough times. Now we are all fitter and ready for the race day.
“We are raising money Life Education Wessex http://www.bmycharity.com/patrun. Knowing we’ll raise money in my brother in law’s memory is making all the training easier to bear! It has been a wonderful experience for us as a family and we’re looking forward to crossing the finishing line on Sunday.”
Notes to the editor
Ten of the 14 runners and family members are in the photo taken by Danny Speller www.danielspeller.com
Back row (adults) left to right
Kathy Ede (sister), Andy Ede (brother in law), Mickey Daly (brother), Theresa Linder (sister), Brian Daly (brother)
Front row (children) – Pat’s nieces and nephews, left to right
Luke Daly 6, Niamh Ede 7, Aidan Ede 6, Niall Ede 10, Ciaron Ede 12
They will be joined on the day by four more family members
About Life Education Wessex
Harold and the Life Bus from Life Education Wessex visit over 66,000 children of primary school age across the Wessex region every year, showing children how to keep safe and equipping them with the skills to help them make informed healthy choices throughout their lives. Using innovative programmes delivered by specially trained Educators in high tech mobile classrooms, Life Education Wessex tackles the full spectrum of major issues surrounding drugs, obesity, alcohol including binge drinking, smoking and bullying and peer pressure.
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