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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Kirkby runner raises charity cash running 80 miles barefoot

A MAN who ran 80 miles in 24 hours barefoot has raised more than £1,250 for a charity that helped his late mother.

John Woodward, from Kirkby, presented the cheque on Wednesday to the Furness Alzheimer’s Society that supported his mother Ivy, 90, before she died earlier this year.

Her death came just days after he completed the race in September.

The dementia charity is close to the heart of the Kirkby man.

He said: “Dementia touched my life very deeply.

“It is really fitting that funds so generously donated for my run can help support the great work the Alzheimer’s Society do.”

The run, which took place in Axminster, Devon, was on a round track with stewards keeping a check on how far he had run.

Mr Woodward is still in disbelief about the distance he ran.

He said: “I can’t really get my head around it. It’s about the distance from Barrow to Chorley.”

John Woodward, who is an Alexander technique teacher, explained: “These days people are staying active and living longer. This means that, as we live longer the diseases that can affect the aging brain become prevalent.

“The seemingly small bits of advice from the Alzheimer’s Society played a huge role in maintaining the support Mum needed over her two-year-long decline with dementia.”

The 65-year-old, who is also a guitar teacher, added that music kept him and his mum, from Walney, going through “some dark and difficult times”.

He said: “Singing kept our bodies and souls together.

“I was delighted that the local Alzheimer’s Society was supporting a ‘Singing for the Brain’ project.”

The barefoot runner is thrilled that his contribution will go towards the “really valuable” singing project.

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