Saturday, 21 October 2017

Marathon runner raises £1,000 in memory of friend

A MAN who ran the Dublin marathon last month in memory of a friend raised more than £1,000 for charity.

A MAN who ran the Dublin marathon last month in memory of a friend raised more than £1,000 for charity.

Richard Butler-Creagh, 50, of Colmore Lane, Kingwood, completed the 26.2-mile race in a personal best time of three hours and 25 minutes.

He was raising money for the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed, where his friend Anthony Head died in 2011.

Mr Head was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2011 and passed away less than a year later, aged 46.

Mr Butler-Creagh, a property developer, was joined for the marathon by friend Neil Hutt, who finished in just over four hours. His wife Charlotte, 40, a counsellor, was also due to run but had to pull out with an injury. He said: “The race went very well. I got off to a good start and beat my target time by a few minutes. I turned 50 this year so it was a nice feeling and turned the clock back.

“I think Anthony would have really enjoyed seeing me beat my previous best. He was all about moving forward and pushing yourself and for that reason my big aim was to break my personal best.

“I used to train with Anthony at the gym and I know his father Brian really well. Soon after Anthony started training he was diagnosed with cancer. I thought they did a great job for him at the hospice. When I went to see him they had tried everything but he had such a nasty type of cancer and he had just had enough. He went to the hospice and he was at peace there. It’s a really special place.

“I’m hoping to do another marathon in Seville next year to raise more money for Sue Ryder.”

Last year, Mr Butler-Creagh took part in a 36km tandem bike ride with Mr Head snr, who is blind, and raised almost £5,000 for the hospice.

He said: “I see Brian on a daily basis and he’s a big inspiration to me with all he does. He goes out walking and on his bike and does lots of fund-raising for Sue Ryder.”

To donate, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/richardbutlercreagh

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