Great Birmingham Half Marathon in memory of Shrek

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On Sunday 15th October, I ran my first ever half marathon in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young, contributing to the amazing work that the Bradbury family and friends have already carried out over the last 2 years. As a first time runner, completing this run was a massive achievement and the event itself did not disappoint, with fantastic support throughout the whole course. My goal was to run the 13.1 miles in under 2 hours and that’s exactly what I did, achieving a time of 1:58:20.

With the generosity and help from friends and family, I managed to raise £1,343.75 in memory of Neil Bradbury, who sadly passed away with an undiagnosed heart condition in 2015. This overwhelming amount of money will go a long way towards preventing death by Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in our local area, providing opportunities for free screenings and greater public access to defibrillators.

The day was filled with mixed emotions, remembering all of the good times I had with The Big Man as well as the sad. Despite raising a great amount of money so far, the fundraising continues as next month Adam has organised a Winter Wolf Run, raising more money for the cause and keeping the Neil Bradbury name alive.

It’s an honour to be involved in such a fantastic circle of people, doing amazing things for an amazing charity. I hope I did you proud Shrek and I look forward to doing more in the future.

Andy Sutton