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Sadly my partner Captain Stephen Healey from the 1st Battalion Royal Welsh was killed in Afghanistan on the 26th May 2012. He was the 415th fallen soldier.

In his memory I am running 415 miles by entering marathons / half marathons between October 2012 and October 2013. I chose to complete this challenge right away as Steve was due back from tour in October. The numerous events will keep me busy and will keep me focused to help me through the lonely times without him. I also hope to keep Steve's memory alive and to continue his fantastic work in raising money for Blind Veterans UK as he couldnt wait to come home and plan his next challenge with his commrades. I also hope to bring people together to do something positive as Steve would not have been one to sit and do nothing!

I will be raising money for Blind Veterans UK which was a charity Steve supported and helped to raise money for in the past. The charity helps blind ex-Service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives by supporting them with expertise, experience and a full range of services. They give veterans much-needed support to adjust to sight loss, overcome the challenges of blindness and enjoy daily life. The charity has been offering physical and emotional support to vision impaired members of our military since 1915.

I am starting my challenge with the London Parks Half marathon on the 7th Oct 2012 and finishing the following year with the Chester marathon on the 6th Oct 2013 as the 1st Battalion is based in Chester. Other marathons include:-
 

The Royal Parks Half Marathon - 7 October 2012

The Cardiff Half Marathon - 14 October 2012

The Salisbury Half Marathon - 28 October 2012

The Conwy Half Marathon - 18 November 2012

The Bermuda Triangle Challenge - 18 - 20 January 2013 (Consists of a 1 mile run on the Friday a 10km on the Saturday and Full Marathon on the Sunday)

The Brighton Half Marathon - 17 February 2013

The Bath Half Marathon - 3 March 2013

The Rome Marathon - 17 March 2013

The Paris Marathon - 7 April 2013

The Brighton Marathon - 14 April 2013

The Virgin London Marathon - 21 April 2013

The Manchester Marathon - 28th April 2013

The Belfast Marathon - 6 May 2013

The Chester Half Marathon - 12 May 2013

The Wales Marathon - 14 July 2013

North Wales Half Marathon - 4 August 2013

Salisbury 54321 50km Ultra Marathon - 11 August 2013 (31mile run)

The Great North Run - 15 September 2013

The Loch Ness Marathon - 29 September 2013

The Chester Marathon - 6 October 2013

 

I have also entered a few extra events along the way which I will dedicate to since fallen soldiers and those injured through war. 

These include

'Mud Runner - Eastnor Castle, Hertfordshire' 21st October 2012 

'Cotswold 113 Middle Distance Triathlon' which consists of a 1.9km swim, 56mile bike ride and 13.1 run on June 16th.

'Adidas Thunder Run - Catton Park, Derbyshire' 27th July 2013

Anyone who wishes to join me on some of the events then please do enter and many of you have already!! :-) The support I am having is fantastic and overwhelming!! Thank you all very much for taking time in reading the above and also a big thank you for all of your donations xxx

 
To follow my story please visit www.facebook.com/415miles xxx

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I would like to say THANK YOU to every single person who has donated & supported me through my 415mile running challenge - without all your amazing support I could not have done what I have done, also thank you to those who joined me on many of the events & helped raise £'s! Xxx

04/12/13 10:41

On the 6th of October 2013 completed my final marathon in Chester which saw me run the final 415th mile! I also achieved a personal best and completing the marathon in under 4hours!! My chip time was 3 hours 56 minutes :-)

04/12/13 10:36

29th of October saw me complete my penultimate marathon at Loch Ness in Scotland. Was a fantastic event and I managed to get a PB of 4 hours 2minutes :-) x

05/10/13 12:49

19th of September was Steve's birthday to raise a bit more money people bought Steve a drink :-) by texting a small donation. That day we raised approx £50 which was great :-) thank you. Xxx

05/10/13 12:46

Sunday the 15th I was lucky to have a place at the Great North Run in Newcastle! It was very wet & windy but a well supported race! My finish time was 1:49 and for some reason my chip time hasn't registered :-( I'm sure there was 4-5mins on the clock when I crossed the start line

19/09/13 02:21

Raising money for

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's)

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's)

Charity Registration No. 216227

We give blind veterans much-needed support to adjust to sight loss, overcome the challenges of blindness and enjoy daily life. Our charity has been offering physical and emotional support to vision-impaired members of our military since 1915.

Raising money for

Run by Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's)

Charity Registration No. 216227

Donations 756

Only just heard of your efforts. A superb gesture. God bless.

Donation by Anonymous on 10/12/13

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In memory of a true hero - you will never be forgotten. R.I.P Steve.

Donation by Phil, Ann, Iona and Aled on 15/11/13

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Donation by Anonymous on 13/11/13

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What a worth while way to make good from such a dreadful event. More power to your running shoes.Well done.

Donation by Anonymous on 13/11/13

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Thea - I too watched the Remembrance programme - very very moving - you are such an inspiration - well done on such a huge achievement and for such a worthy cause. x

Donation by Di, Rob and Joe Chapman xxx on 13/11/13

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Donation by Anonymous on 12/11/13

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Your story is amazing..am a twitter follower.so keep up to date with your great achievements.Your family and Stephen's must be so proud of you.

Donation by Anwen on 12/11/13

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Saw your & Stephen's story last night - in tears throughout - you are an inspiration & Stephen will never be forgotten - it is my privilege to sponsor you !! WE WILL REMEMBER THEM ALWAYS !!

Donation by Gavin Sayer on 11/11/13

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I saw your story yesterday & was so moved. The loss you have suffered must still be so raw but the way you have handled it is inspirational. ;)

Donation by Amy L on 11/11/13

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I watched your story on Remembrance Week yesterday, and was really moved by your fundraising efforts in Stephen's memory. I really admire your strength, at time of personal tragedy - inspirational!

Donation by Rae Smyth on 11/11/13

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Donation by Anonymous on 11/11/13

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What a remarkable and fitting tribute! You are truly an inspiration to us all

Donation by Steve C on 11/11/13

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I just caught the end of the programme earlier today, you are an inspiration Thea, and thank you to Stephen for serving your country. God Bless you.

Donation by Anonymous on 10/11/13

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The BBC finally got something right in highlighting this heartening story. Well done girl.

Donation by D Deen on 10/11/13

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We were very moved by your interview on TV this evening. Steve would be very proud of you. Well done

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Donation by Brian Humphreys on 10/11/13

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You've done him proud

Donation by Anonymous on 10/11/13

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Donation by john Craig on 10/11/13

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My wife and I just watched you on the BBC; you are an inspiration. As an ex soldier, Rememberance Day means a great deal to me; God bless Stephen and God bless you, Thea x x

Donation by Scott Butler on 10/11/13

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Thank you for letting us into your personal story which is so heartbreaking but reminds us of the sacrifices given in order for us to remain free

Donation by Gerry & Brenda McCaffrey on 10/11/13

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Xxx

Donation by Sarah on 10/11/13

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I totally admire your courage Thea.

Donation by John on 10/11/13

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I have just seen your story in remembrance Sunday. It brought me to tears. Your Stephen gave the ultimate sacrifice so that people like me can live the way we do! Your courage is inspiring. Thank you

Donation by Mark williams on 10/11/13

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Donation summary

  • * Online donations£15,196.15
  • Offline donations£50.00
  • Text donations£938.00
  • Total raised£16,184.15
  • Gift Aid£2,960.36

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