Saturday, 25 September 2021

Policeman runs

A POLICEMAN from Henley is to run three marathons in as many weeks.

A POLICEMAN from Henley is to run three marathons in as many weeks.

Keith Bowen, 39, a detective sergeant in the Met, is raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association as his father-in-law David Cox is a sufferer.

He will run the Brighton, Manchester and Stratford-upon-Avon marathons next month.

Mr Bowen, who lives in Clemence Road with his wife Claire and their three-year-old twin sons Max and Noah, has completed seven marathons previously.

He said: “I wanted to challenge myself mentally and physically but, most importantly, raise money and awareness.

“I try to run before work and do between five and 12 miles around London and a longer run of between 12 and 15 miles at the weekend around Henley and by the river.

“These three marathons fall closely together so I thought I would challenge myself and see how I get on. They are all pretty flat courses and I ran the Brighton marathon last year.”

Mr Bowen began fund-raising for the association in September when he took part in the Thames Path Challenge, which finishes in Henley, and made £3,500.

He said: “I have always had a great relationship with my father-in-law and he has been very supportive and generous to us over the years and I think about him when I’m running.”

Mr Cox, 67, was diagnosed with the disease six years ago. He lives with his wife Margaret in Camberley and she is his carer.

Mrs Bowen said: “My dad was a fit guy â?? he used to climb mountains and go on long walks and was a real DIY man.

“As of today he can only move his right arm and is confined to a wheelchair. He has to be helped from it into a chair or on to his bed. Motor neurone disease is totally debilitating as it attacks the muscles.”

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