Ben’s run in honour of his murdered mother
Death caused son to suffer depression and obesity
A DETERMINED runner who overcame obesity will enter the London Marathon in honour of his murdered mother.
When Ben Harris, 23, of Savay Close, Denham, was a baby, his mother, Angela Ringfell, had been planning to run the 26.2 miles in aid of RSPCA.
But she was murdered by Mr Harris’s father during a holiday in Tunisia before the race day.
Mr Harris hails running as ‘saving his life’ and helping him to beat weight problems and cope with depression.
He shares his mother’s affinity with animals and, having all ready raised over his £2,000 target, will run for the RSPCA on April 26.
He said: “My mum’s death affected me in more than just
HONOUR: Ben Harris (left) is running in memory of Angela Ringfell the obvious way. I have had to live diagnosed with depression. At one point I was obese and had just given up on everything.
“A dark cloud has lingered over me my whole life, due to the manner in which my mum was killed. Her name and what happened to her has had nothing but pain and grief associated with it.
“Now I have the chance to do something positive and remember her name in a way that helps others and changes peoples lives. For that I am not only grateful to the RSPCA, but everyone who has donated, no matter how big or small, to get me to where I am.”
Mr Harris’s father was jailed in Tunisia and served seven years of a 20-year sentence. Mr Harris has lived with his grandparents since the murder.
Mr Harris, who works as a flooring estimator, added: “I hope somehow, somewhere, my mum knows the hard work I have put in to honour her memory in a positive way, and be able to do something she never had the opportunity to do.
“Running saved my life and gave me something to live for again. Now I want to pay back everyone’s faith and donations in me, by doing the best I can.”
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