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Runner completes 13 marathon challenge in memory of journalist partner

A runner who completed 13 marathons in a year in memory of his journalist partner is set to continue fund-raising in 2016.

As previously reported on HTFP, Adrian Norsworthy set out to complete the challenge over the course of 2015 to honour former Worcester News sub-editor Sarah Veall.

Sarah, who also worked on the Redditch Advertiser and Hereford Times during her career, died of cancer aged 39 in June 2014.

Adrian, 41, raised more than £4,000 for Worcester’s St Richard’s Hospice during 2015.

Sarah, left, and Adrian

Sarah, left, and Adrian

He completed his final marathon in December, travelling via a route he made up himself after being unable to find a suitable official course to run.

Adrian now intends to continue competing in long distance races, and has signed up for the Worcester Half Marathon in April.

Adding up the miles he has run over the last year, both training and competing in marathons, Adrian had run the equivalent of Worcester to John O’Groats and back.

Adrian said: “Sarah had cancer as a teenager and it came back. She was in a wheelchair before I met her, but she was always so positive about it, she didn’t let it hold her back.

“I decided that in Sarah’s memory I wanted to raise some money for the hospice to thank them for the support and care they offered Sarah, myself and her family and also that they offer to many others struggling with illness and coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.”

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  • January 8, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    An amazing achievement Adrian, in memory of an amazing woman. Her memory lives on….

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