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Bath Half Mararthon and Family Run

March 2013

Originally hoping for 20 people to join him in running the Bath Half in memory of his wife Jackie, who died of pancreatic cancer last July, aged just 46,  David Orme was stunned when friends, neighbours, former colleagues of Jackie, plus parents, teachers and school friends of his daughters enlisted for the half marathon or family fun run. Team Jackie was born, and became the largest single team running in the 2013 event, and made up 10% of the entire family fun run!

Said David: “The team just kept growing - before long we had 300 people which was just incredible! There were so many people that it became a bit overwhelming in terms of organising everything in time!”

Luckily for David, when Bath Rugby Union club heard about Team Jackie’s phenomenal effort, Communications Director David Flatman stepped in to offer the team the use of the clubhouse and facilities for the day and donated a signed team shirt to help fundraise as well!

Said David afterwards, "We’ve managed to smash our original target of £50k and are only a few thousand short of reaching £100k! This will pay for research to drive progress forward in finding treatments for pancreatic cancer, which has the worst survival rate of any cancer and is woefully underfunded. Jackie would have been so proud.”

All but one of Team Jackie completed the half marathon, despite many of them never having run further than 5km before.

Team Jackie at Bath Half

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