Keen sportsman Jamie Groves tackled his first marathon in April to raise funds for bereaved families.
Jamie, who is Acting Regional Development Director for Greater London – South, has raised more than £1,500 for the charity Child Bereavement UK – almost three times his original target.
Jamie completed the 26.2-mile Brighton Marathon in 5 hours 52 minutes and found the going tough. “My training should have been a whole lot better than it was! After mile 15 I did begin to struggle as I picked up a few injuries, but I wasn’t going to give up,” he said.
Jamie explained why he chose to support Child Bereavement UK: “When I was a young teenager, I lost a cousin who was still a child. Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things anyone has to go through.
“Seeing bereaved families on a daily basis, I have witnessed on many occasions their stress and uncertainty. Completing a marathon is nothing compared with what someone goes through when they lose someone close to them.”
As a former semi-professional footballer who now plays at amateur level, Jamie runs as part of his training and had tackled shorter distances and ten-mile runs. Jamie added: “I had always wanted to take part in a marathon and chose my home town as I am familiar with the route! I’m grateful to all the people who supported me.”
If you would like to donate, you can still do so by visiting Jamie’s fundraising page here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jamie-groves1