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Mansfield woman running London Marathon in memory of RAF cousin

Posted onPosted on 21st Apr

NHS physiotherapist, Frances Hallam, is in training for the London Marathon, which she will be running in support of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Fran, 26, chose to fundraise for the RAF’s leading welfare charity, when she saw first hand the support they offered her family during a bereavement.

Sadly, in 2014, Fran’s cousin, Andrew was tragically killed in a road traffic collision. Andy was just 24 years old, serving in the Royal Air Force with No. 3 Squadron and based at RAF Wittering.

Following Andy’s death the Fund were able to ease some of the initial financial stresses that the family were facing.

Since then, Fran, decided to give back to the charity that was a support to her family and set herself the challenge of completing two half marathons in two weeks, which she successful completed in 2015.

Now Fran has her sights set on a bigger and better challenge.

On Sunday, Fran will take on the iconic 26.2 mile run through the streets of London.

By day, Fran works for the NHS as a physiotherapist, so admits she has struggled to regularly fit in the necessary training runs.

Fran said: “I’ve tried to get out running at least four times a week, but it’s hard to fit in with my job. There have been a lot of early starts, which I certainly won’t miss when it’s over!

“It’s definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and there have been plenty of knee injuries along the way.

“But it’s for a cause that’s very close to my heart and I’m hoping my friends and family cheering me along will get me through it on the day.”

If you would like to support Fran, you can make a donation to her Just Giving page by visiting: