Post­man awarded for great ef­forts

COM­MEN­DA­TION: Run­ner com­pleted 15 marathons for char­ity

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A POST­MAN has been com­mended for his ef­forts be­yond the call of duty.

Ivor Groves, from Willes­bor­ough, was pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate of com­men­da­tion by the Ash­ford and dis­trict branch of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Men of Kent and Ken­tish Men on Satur­day.

The pre­sen­ta­tion was made at the 95th an­nual meet­ing in Wye.

It is the first com­mu­nity com­men­da­tion award the as­so­ci­a­tion has given out.

Branch sec­re­tary David Line said: “It is in recog­ni­tion of his per­sonal achieve­ments and work within the com­mu­nity.

“In the past 10 years, he has done a lot for char­ity. He has com­pleted 15 full marathons in­clud­ing the Lon­don Marathon eight times and oth­ers in Mi­lan, Dublin and Paris.

“We don’t see a lot of him be­cause he is very busy run­ning all over do­ing good for other peo­ple. He is an un­sung hero.”

Mr Groves, who has been a mem­ber of the as­so­ci­a­tion for 10 years, also rep­re­sented Great Bri­tain in the World Vet­er­ans Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onship.

In 2002 he was awarded the Daily Mail’s Golden Ju­bilee Un­sung He­roes Award.

At the meet­ing, the as­so­ci­a­tion also pre­sented £500 to Ash­ford Shop­mo­bil­ity.

Pic­ture: Danny Rhodes pd1164709

County chair­man Trevor Dole, Ivor Groves, branch chair­man Arthur Coul­son and branch pres­i­dent Lewis Bowles

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