Postman awarded for great efforts
COMMENDATION: Runner completed 15 marathons for charity
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.
County chairman Trevor Dole, Ivor Groves, branch chairman Arthur Coulson and branch president Lewis Bowles