Charity helped out by marathon effort

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A team of five people who work for the leisure team at Staverton Park put their running shoes on and took part in a half marathon.

Beth Hillier, Andrew Gibbins, Matt Sumpter, Dan Hughes and Connor Sale were five of 20,000 participants in the Bupa Birmingham Half Marathon. The event was held in the country’s second city on Sunday October 19.

The team decided to take on the fundraising challenge in support of Mr Hughes.

He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis four years ago and the group raised funds for the multiple sclerosis charity.

Mr Hughes was grateful for the support of his colleagues saying: “For me personally this was to raise money but also raise awareness. The team at Staverton have been a great support to me.

“People around me both at home and at work are now a lot more aware if the challenges MS can have on your life.

“I would like to thank my four colleagues for running for this great cause and everyone that has sponsored us.”

He completed the 13.1 mile race in two hours and 30 minutes despite the multiple sclerosis taking over his legs as he reached the ninth mile.

This was a first half marathon for all five of the participants.

MS affects the central nervous system and causes a wide range of symptoms.

The team is hoping that between the friends, family and members of the leisure club at Staverton Park, they are hoping to raise approximately £1,000 for their efforts.