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Mum to run half a marathon a month for charity

Runner Beverley Firth pictured running near her home at Garforth

Runner Beverley Firth pictured running near her home at Garforth

Mum-of-two Beverley Firth has set herself the formidable task of running a half-marathon every month for a year.

The 36-year-old, of Garforth, decided to take up the challenge for Cancer Research UK, in memory of her much-loved granddad Silas Naylor, who died of the disease in 2012 aged 79.

Having run in the past, Beverley decided to get back into it as a way of dealing with her grief.

She said: “It was such a shock. He was one of the fittest elder generation I have known. He was never ill, full of life. He was the kindest man, never spoke bad of anyone, always saw the good in people.”
Her granddad, who lived in County Durham, had liver cancer and travelled regularly to St James’ Hospital in Leeds for treatment before doctors said there was nothing more they could do.

She said: “It was the biggest shock of my life, I was not ready for it, none of the family was.”

After months of trying to come to terms with his death, Beverley began to run - and the idea emerged to run a half-marathon every month in 2014. She said: “I just thought I wonder how hard it would be? I spoke to a few people about and they all thought I was balmy.”

But she stuck to her guns and in January, ran her first half in York. The second was in Liversedge in February, the third in Retford.

Her fourth is this weekend in Sheffield and this year will also include her first marathon.

She said: “I’ve picked up a couple of injuries, but apart from that I’ve not been too bad. I have fantastic support from my family on the race days and through my training. I think granddad would think I was nuts but also be really pleased and in awe of what I’m doing.”

To sponsor Beverley visit www.justgiving.com/beverley-firth or text BEVF78 and the amount to 70070.

 

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