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‘Dad’s Army’ take on 100km race in memory of friend

3 August 2016

A four-man team nicknamed ‘Dad’s Army’ completed a 100km run in tribute to a fellow dad, raising over £8,000 for PCRF.

Dad's Army

Kevin Justice, Chris Thorley, Al Tyson and Nick Ager,  all fathers to Year 1 pupils at Knowle Primary School in Solihull, took on the gruelling ‘Race to the Stones’ event in July, to honour their friend, David Smith. 

David died of pancreatic cancer early last year, leaving his wife, Amanda, and two daughters – Molly (8) and Jessica (6).    

Inspired by David, the four dads decided to show their support by tackling the 62 mile race in the hopes of raising £6,200 – £100 for every mile – for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

But Dad’s Army went above and beyond: starting the race at 8am and crossing the finish line at 12.30am the following morning, they smashed their target to raise over £8,000. 

Kevin, Al, Chris and Nick cross the finish line

With only a little running experience between them, the team started their training with short runs during the week and longer runs on Sunday – to and from the pub.

They progressed to Iron Man challenges and shorter ultra-marathons around the country to make sure they were ready for the Race to the Stones challenge which takes competitors from the Chilterns in Oxfordshire to the North Wessex Downs. 

Speaking to the Solihull Observer, Kevin said: “David was a really fun and energetic guy, and an amazing dad so we did it in his memory but also to help fund research.  We had all had niggles and injuries during the training, but knowing that our children know David’s youngest daughter Jessica so well and saw what she had to go through when he passed away really spurred us on… we wanted to preserve his memory and show Amanda, Jessica and Molly how loved he was.”

Not to be outdone by their husbands, the men’s wives – accompanied by David’s widow Amanda – will scale Snowdon later this year in their own ‘Race to the Summit’ fundraising challenge.

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