11:06AM, Friday 13 May 2016
Town centre manager Steph James has raised almost £2,000 for charity in a gruelling double marathon effort.
Steph, 33, completed the 52-mile Evesham Ultra Marathon on Sunday, a tough course across steep hillside trails, in 10 hours and 51 minutes to be the second woman across the finish line. Her effort was in aid of the #fightforgeorge campaign, a cause very close to Steph’s heart.
She began training for the race back in January with long-time running partner Louise Ferriman.
But just three weeks into training Louise’s three-year-old son, George, was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer called acute myeloid leukaemia.
Louise had to pull out of the race to care for George but Steph vowed to carry on to raise funds for CLIC Sargent, a charity helping the family.
Sunday’s course, winding through the Cotswolds and with more than 5,000ft of ascent, took place on the hottest day of the year so far.
Experienced marathon runner and Iron Man competitor Steph said: “It was tough in the heat and with the hills but whenever I felt like stopping thinking about George kept me going.
“I knew that no matter how bad I was feeling I could make it stop if I wanted to – but with his chemotherapy George is going through far worse than me and has no choice in the matter.”
She continued: “I had an amazing crew fuelling me up and making sure I had everything I needed. And I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has sponsored me – I have nearly doubled my target so far.
“I am looking forward to running another ultra with Louise Ferriman when the time is right.”
There is still time to sponsor Steph to take her total over the £2,000 mark. Visit www.justgiving.com/StephanieJJames to donate.
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