Best foot forward

Running a marathon for charity had a special meaning for Simmondley mum Jen Dodd.

The money raised was in memory of a special person who sadly died just a few days earlier.

Sue Brown, who was 62, passed away in St Leonard’s Hospice, York, close to where Jen grew up as a child.

She said: “We lost a very close family friend. My mum asked if I could raise some money for the hospice she was in.”

lt led to Jen lining up on the start-line of the Yorkshire Marathon and running the race of her life.

A delighted Jen, 33, clocked five hours eight minutes 38 seconds on her run through historic York. 

It was a clear 20 minutes faster than in her first ever marathon in Brighton last year.

Particularly proud was daughter Demi-Leigh, a pupil of St Margaret’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Gamesley, who backed mum’s challenge by writing a special message of support.

Jen, who works at Oakford Manor Care Home, Newshaw Lane, Hadfield, has so far raised £150 for St Leonard’s Hospice.

She is hoping to run in the next Manchester Marathon for a yet to be decided good cause. If you would like to support Jen visit her GoFundMe campaign at

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