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Knutsford runners support ‘epic challenge’
A TEAM of employees from a Knutsford business joined forces to support a London Paralympian in his challenge to run 40 marathons for charity.
Thirteen employees from Brookfield Rose, the parent company of Knutsford-based de Poel, ran from Abbey Village, Preston, to Hollins Green – 125 kilometres – with Richard Whitehead.
The British double leg amputee and Paralympic gold medallist is running a marathon a day from John O’Groats to Land’s End to prove that having a disability shouldn’t stop anybody from achieving their goals.
Matthew Sanders, chief executive of the Brookfield Rose Group, said: “I am delighted we pulled together a team of runners to support Richard as he undertakes his epic challenge.
“More than £10,000 has been raised so far, and I am very pleased to be able to thank them for their generosity.”
Money raised from the challenge will be divided between Sarcoma UK and Scope, and Richard hopes to reach his £1 million target before crossing the finish line this week.
One of the runners, Stephanie Tyson, a graduate sales executive, ran 21 kilometres with Richard.
She said: “Getting the opportunity to run alongside Richard put into perspective how hard the 40-marathon challenge was.
“Richard displayed amazing psychological determination, which has given me a new outlook on life.
“He is an inspiration and in my opinion truly superhuman.”
Richard thanked Brookfield Rose and de Poel for their support and generosity.
“Not only have de Poel so generously sponsored this stage of the run, they have also come out to cheer and run alongside me,” he said.
“There was even a half marathon runner with me, which is a fantastic support and great to have some company on what has so far been a tough challenge.”
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