Marathon runner Penelope won’t stop at Paris…
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