Marathon run­ner Pene­lope won’t stop at Paris…

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD - by Kirsty Parkin

Teacher raises hun­dreds for char­ity in latest run

A TEACHER who ran the Paris Marathon in me­mory of her hus­band, says she is de­ter­mined to keep on run­ning.

Pene­lope Fox, 52, of Up­per Vicarage Road, Ken­ning­ton, com­pleted the 26.2mile Paris run on April 15.

It was the sec­ond time the mother-of-two has taken part in the race in the French cap­i­tal, hav­ing also run the Lon­don Marathon twice.

“I took up run­ning as a way of sur­viv­ing af­ter my hus­band died in 2002,” said Mrs Fox, who is deputy head teacher at Bar­ton Court School in Can­ter­bury.

“We ran to­gether to keep fit, but he would have been so proud of this and my chil­dren are very proud.”

Mrs Fox’s hus­band, Mike, drowned on hol­i­day in Crete at the age of 50.

Since then the teacher has raised hun­dreds of pounds in his name for char­ity.

Spon­sor­ship for the Paris Marathon and a non­uni­form day helped her raise £300 for the char­ity Get Kids Go­ing which pro­vides sports equip­ment for dis­abled chil­dren.

Mrs Fox com­pleted the run, which started at the Arc de Tri­om­phe, went past the Champs El­y­sees and the Eif­fel Tower and fin­ished in Bois de Boulogne, in four hours 59 min­utes.

“I wanted to do it in four hours 30 min­utes but it was ex­traor­di­nar­ily hot and ev­ery­one was strug­gling.

“My aim now is to get that time and I hope to do marathons in Barcelona or New York in the fu­ture.”

Pene­lope Fox af­ter com­plet­ing the Paris Marathon

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.