Saffron Walden runner to take part in Great South Run in aid of Motor Neurone Disease

A SAFFRON Walden man has got his running shoes outs once more to raise money for a cause close to his heart. James Raynham is taking part in the Great South Run in Portsmouth on October 25 in memory of his mother-in-law, Joan Malkin – a popular employee o

A SAFFRON Walden man has got his running shoes outs once more to raise money for a cause close to his heart.

James Raynham is taking part in the Great South Run in Portsmouth on October 25 in memory of his mother-in-law, Joan Malkin - a popular employee of the town's Waitrose store for 20 years - who died of Motor Neurone Disease two years ago.

Mr Raynham said: "My mother-in-law die of complications related to this disease. From the day of diagnosis we watched her lose the ability to talk, to eat, to walk and it had started to affect her use of her hands. It only took 16 months for this horrible disease to take her from us.

"I want to raise money to help the association and sufferers of the terrible disease."


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Last year Mr Raynham ran in the inaugural Royal Parks Foundation half marathon in about two-and-a-half hours, and raised �400 for The Blue Cross animal charity.

This time around, with training going well, he hopes to do the 10-mile course in around one-and-a-half hours. He is hoping to raise �1000.

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Anyone wishing to donate should visit his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.co.uk/jamesraynham

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