LYMM High School Sixth Former Ben Copeland ran a 26-mile marathon on to raise funds for an Alzheimer’s charity.
His route saw him running through High Legh, Pickmere, Knutsford, Tatton Park, Altrincham, Dunham and Lymm. His dad, Neil, followed him on a bike with refreshments.
“We are so proud of him!”, said Ben’s mum Rachel. “He achieved it in 3 hours, 30 minutes and 9 seconds all by himself on a warm day.”
“Some of our neighbours and Ben’s friends stood on the roadside outside our house and cheered him on as he finished. The support really helped at the end!”
Ben’s fundraising efforts have seen him raise over £1000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of his grandparents Walter and Mavis Copeland, who were both affected by the illness.
Ben said: “I started training during lockdown when I had more time. It gave me something to focus on and helped keep me motivated. I was determined to complete it and am very pleased with my time and the money I have raised for charity”.
“We are very grateful to everyone’s best wishes and their donations”, said Neil. “Keeping fit has really helped his mental health during lock down and he would recommend running to everyone.”
If anyone would like to donate, Ben’s fundraising page is still open at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ben-copeland2?newPage=True